Olive oil has been present in our culture since ancient times. It was introduced to Europe by the Phoenicians. In the province of Jaen, where there are now planted about 60 million olive trees, we can find trees over 2000 years old.
Olive oil is rich in natural antioxidant such as vitamin E, which protects against oxidative action of free radicals and cellular aging.
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid, which help to control cholesterol and triglycerides. Regular consumption of olive oil reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, increases levels of HDL (“good” cholesterol) and lowers LDL (“bad” cholesterol). Here it is where we find another point that differ from the rest of Spain Jaen. The number of incidences of cardiovascular disease in Jaen is well below the average for the rest of the Spanish territory.
For their organoleptic and healthy characteristics, olive oil, vegetable fat is the ideal for the preparation of dishes, and is a basic ingredient of the Mediterranean Diet, declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity, a healthy diet according to OMS reference.