The Tuscan olive is “extra vergine” – extra virgin – the highest possible quality olive oil, with free fatty acid content below 0.3%.Production of extra virgin olive oil, and, even more so, oil with DOP status (Denominazione di Origine Protetta, meaning protected designation of origin), requires commitment to and respect for very strict technical requirements. Careful testing and inspection work is fundamental to making oils that are always rich in the components that render them unique (vitamins, polyphenols and other essential compounds).The anti-inflammatory attributes in Tuscan extra virgin olive oil are prodigious. They fight atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels. They also aid in reducing the severity of asthma and arthritis. The antioxidant effects are even more astonishing; in addition to contributing to coronary well-being, they protect against osteoporosis, dementia, and numerous cancers, especially breast and colon.
And all this can be achieved from only a few tablespoons of Tuscan olive oil a day. But don’t just add it to your diet, use it to replace other fats.