23 Dec

Feeding ruminants with olive by-products enhances animal performance and product quality

By Antonio Marín Ruiz, A study from the CSIC, Spain and the University of Wales, U.K determines that consuming products rich in oil increase the content of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and lower the content of saturated fatty acid in milk and meat of goats and sheep. Olive leaves provide half of the energy and amino […]

19 Dec

Compound from olive-skin pomace protects against colon-cancer

Researchers from the University of Granada and the University of Barcelona have shown that treatment with maslinic acid, a triterpenoid compound isolated from olive-skin pomace, results in a significant inhibition of cell proliferation and causes apoptotic death in colon-cancer cells. Maslinic acid is a novel natural compound and it is able to induce apoptosis or […]

17 Dec

Phenols in Quality Olive Oil Suppress Breast Cancer Gene

Good quality extra-virgin olive oil contains health-relevant chemicals, ‘phytochemicals’, that can trigger cancer cell death. New research published in the open access journal BMC Cancer sheds more light on the suspected association between olive oil-rich Mediterranean diets and reductions in breast cancer risk. Javier Menendez from the Catalan Institute of Oncology and Antonio Segura-Carretero from […]

16 Dec

Italian and Tunisian researchers relate olive oil quality with fruit ripening

The study tested the ideal ripening stage to extract an olive oil with proper chemical profiles and the best oxidation levels. The chemical composition and quality of virgin olive oil may be influenced by genotype and different agronomic and technological factors. Extra virgin olive oil is considered to be the best olive oil for its […]

09 Dec

Economic Downturn Effect Patient Health and Diets

Over 56% of American Dietetic Association members surveyed report that they are concerned that the current economic downturn will have a negative effect on their patients’ ability to maintain or achieve a healthy weight, according to a survey conducted by the California Olive Committee. Almost three-quarters (72.2%) of the registered dieticians and nutritionists expressed concern […]