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all about olive oil

Australian extra virgin olive olis are renowned for their very low level of saturated palmitic acid and high levels of monounsaturated oleic acid, which account for their great health benefits.

Health Benefits 

The health promoting qualities of olive oil are well recorded through history. Along with being a natural antioxidant, olive oil is recognized as important in maintaining good metabolism and is also recommended as a source of vitamin E. 

Research has shown that anti-oxidants combat 'free radicals', helping to slow the ageing process and prevent various diseases. Interestingly, the most significant benefits of health are delivered when using Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil may help reduce the levels of bad cholesterols and blood pressure, alleviate digestive problems and may even help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including cancer and diabetes.

Understanding Oils

There are so many types of olive oil available, but what does that label really mean?

EXTRA VIRGIN olive oil is of superior quality with less than 0.8% acidity (FFA). It has been picked and pressed at the optimum time, without the use of heat or chemicals to extract the oil, essentially making it olive juice. The oil will vary in taste and colour depending on the fruit's colour and variety.

Always store your extra virgin olive oil in a cool, dark place to maintain its fresh qualities.

LIGHT AND PURE refers to the flavour or colour and usually means that the oil has been refined and could contain other oils. It is no lower in kilojoules.

OLIVE OIL is usually a blend of extra virgin olive oil and refined oil. It usually lacks the flavour of extra virgin oil.

Using olive oil in recipes

When using olive oil to replace butter the amount required is reduced by approximately 25%.

Follow the table below for easy conversion:

Butter Olive Oil
1 teaspoon 3/4 teaspoon
2 teaspoons 1½ teaspoons
1 tablespoon 2¼ teaspoons
1/4 cup 3 tablespoons
1/3 cup 1/4 cup
1/2 cup 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
2/3 cup 1/2 cup
3/4 cup 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon
1 cup 3/4 cup

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