The health benefits of extra virgin olive oil have been studied extensively. Many of these studies occurred in the context of the "Mediterranean" diet. However, olive oil itself has been singled out for its powerful health benefits. Potent antioxidants, called phenolic compounds, as well as vitamin-E tocopherols, found in virgin and extra-virgin olive oil have been shown to significantly contribute to the fight against and prevention of high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Unfortunately, not all olive oils are equal. With each passing day, olive oils lose potency in the very properties that make it so healthful. Each of the below factors contribute to the level of polyphenols and is why our suppliers are held to a high standard and visited during pressing to insure quality.
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Like olive oil, balsamic vinegar has a multitude of health benefits including reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and infectious diseases. It is also a known anti inflammatory. Because it is derived from a nutrient rich grape juice, balsamic has an abundance of potassium and calcium, as well as manganese, vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin and iron.
Balsamic vinegar also contains polyphenols.
The polyphenols in balsamic stimulate the activity of the pepsin enzyme which break proteins into smaller units and help the intestine to absorb amino acids quickly. This process aids both digestion and blood sugar control.
The potassium and acetic acid in balsamic vinegar can aid in weight loss. Potassium aids in suppressing the appetite and acetic acid retards the absorption of carbohydrates. In addition, balsamic vinegar has a minimal 5 calories per teaspoon and is a zero point food on Weight Watchers.