Olive Oil - Producing Benefits For Your Health And The Environment

Olive Oil – Producing Benefits For Your Health And The Environment

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Olive Oil - Producing Benefits For Your Health And The Environment
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In lieu of new studies being released on the effects of waste on our environment, it’s a good time to discuss why eating organic is a great way to be environmentally friendly. According to a recent article, what we eat can affect the environment in a negative way. “The global food system – from production to consumption to waste – contributes to one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions. Agriculture is the single largest user of land, worldwide, and agricultural chemicals pollute lakes, streams, and rivers.”

How does your diet affect the environment?

You, the consumer, are responsible for choosing and supporting the food that comes from farming that sustains and protects the planet. It’s important to eat organic because it supports local farmers who don’t rely on harmful chemicals or fertilizers to maintain their crops. These chemicals can find their way into water sources, and before you know it, you’re consuming these pesticides that were never meant for human consumption. Local farming ensures the freshest in season foods and protects the local land from corporate agents looking to capitalize on unoccupied land. Also remember to recycle and reduce your use of plastic. Did you know that as many as 40 billion plastic water bottles are tossed out across the country? The plastic that we use for food packaging and bottling water has a huge impact on the environment.

What products are available that are environmentally conscience?

One such company, Bellucci Premium, produces organic olive oil. Their Italian olive oil is not only delicious, but completely supports local farming. Bellucci’s olive oil is included in what is called the Mediterranean diet, inspired by the traditional dietary patterns of southern Italy, Greece, and Spain. The diet produces numerous health benefits, specifically for the cardiovascular system and protection against skin cancer. The traditional diet has been noted to prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.

According to Dr. Russell H. Greenfield, olives are attributed to aiding in the prevention of depression and heart disease. Olives contain oleic acid and monounsaturated fats, giving them their healthy properties. In areas where olives are plentiful, it has been estimated that 50% of fats consumed are from the olives. “Both olives and high-quality olive oil have been studied for their potential beneficial affects on blood pressure and cholesterol levels,” says Greenfield, “their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and their mild blood-thinning effects that may help prevent inappropriate blood clot formation.” A recent study followed 7,500 individuals over five years concluded that a diet containing olive oil produced a 30% reduction in risk of having a major cardiovascular event and a 49% decrease in stroke risk.

It has been noted that extra virgin olive oil has the highest concentration of health-benefitting phenols. It is the least acidic, which makes it a higher-quality oil for culinary uses. Bellucci Premium specializes in extra virgin olive oil, and has been considered an authority of olive oil from many in the field. Their products would be a good start in supporting organic farmers and help protect the environment. Not only do their products help environmentally, but improve your own health – both physically and mentally. So next time you’re looking for a good dressing, go for a good olive oil.

Eina Parker is a food-lover and blogger on mainly Mediterranean inspired cuisine. Striving to further the protection of the environment, she concentrates on how to do so through organic farming.