The Mediterranean Diet, as we all know contributes to a heart-healthy lifestyle.
The importance of nuts, seeds and olive oil, is very high, all of which are sources of healthy fats in the Mediterranean Diet, as well as other key nutrients.
Why olive oil?
Olive oil is the primary source of added fat in the Mediterranean diet. Olive oil provides monounsaturated fat, which lowers total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (or “bad”) cholesterol levels.
Nuts and seeds also contain monounsaturated fat.
Nuts and seeds provide energy in the form of healthy fats.
Certain nuts contain nutrients that help control blood pressure and help prevent certain cancers.
Did you know?
Some interesting facts about nuts & olive oil!
Cashews belong to the same plant family as poison ivy. Don’t worry, though! Their poison is stored in their shells, which is why you never see cashews in the shell.
Almonds may help increase the number of healthy bacteria in the digestive system.
Studies indicate that pistachios can help lower daily stress levels.
Pistachios have a colorful history. They are one of only two nuts mentioned in the Bible and, according to legend, they were declared royal food by Queen Sheba.
The walnut is the only nut to contain omega-3 fatty acids.
Many nuts and seeds are used to make vegan dairy products.
There are olive oil bars like there are wine bars. The taste of olive oil depends on a variety of factors including harvest date, type of olives, and growing conditions.
Olive tree can live up to 2000 years.
It takes olive trees approximately 5-8 years to produce their first crops.
Extra virgin is the highest quality scale for olive oils.
Olive oil is a health & beauty product.
The harvest is once a year.
Greece is the biggest olive oil consumer.
Adopt An Olive Tree!
We recommend using only high-quality products both for the extra virgin olive oil and the nuts.
A great way to do that is by adopting your own olive tree from a small island in Greece and enjoy the amazing extra virgin olive oil it will give you!