Archive for February, 2016

Learn More About Harvest Oils

Posted on: February 12th, 2016

When you visit Harvest Oil & Vinegar, you will see our fustis (stainless steel containers that house our wonderful product) draped with tags that provide descriptions of each of our Ultra Premium Olive Oils, Flavored Olive Oils, Aged Balsamic Vinegar or Specialty Oils. Included on our selection of Ultra Premium Olive Oils you will find a full chemical assessment which lets you know that our olive oils are Ultra Premium Certified. If you don’t see the Ultra Premium logo, it’s not Ultra Premium! So what do all the different chemistry components on our fusti tags mean? Stop by this blog often as we break down the all important chemistry in our Ultra Premium Olive Oils:

Free Fatty Acid- FFA (Acidity):
The lower, the better!
The International Olive Oil Council requires that this number be below 0.8/100g in order for an olive oil to be considered Extra Virgin grade. Our average is about 0.2! Also, the lower the FFA, the higher the smoke point of that particular oil.

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February is Heart Health Month at Harvest Oil & Vinegar!

Posted on: February 9th, 2016
Heart Month

February is Heart Health Month at Harvest Oil & Vinegar! 

Why was American Heart Month established?

The observance of American Heart Month began in 1964 with the following goals:

Educate more Americans about the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Encourage more Americans to adopt lifestyle habits that can support a healthy heart for the long

 

What are the risk factors for heart disease?

Risk factors are conditions or habits that make a person more likely to develop a disease. Important risk factors for heart disease that you can do something about are:

High blood pressure

High blood cholesterol

Diabetes and prediabetes

Smoking

Being overweight or obese

Being physically inactive

Having a family history of early heart disease

Having a history of preeclampsia during pregnancy

Unhealthy diet

Ultra Premium Olive Oil has been proven to have beneficial effects on many chronic diseases. See our Health Benefits of Premium Olive Oil handout or speak with Harvest staff for more information.

 

How can I change my diet to support a healthy heart?

Physicians agree that incorporating a healthy diet into your lifestyle can help reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease. Based upon the latest medical research, experts recommend consuming 2-4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil daily to minimize cardiovascular risk factors. 

 

The American Heart Association suggests having these 10 healthy foods on hand:

Ultra Premium Olive Oil 

Leafy Greens

Whole-Wheat Products

Tomatoes

Fish

Nuts

Grapes

Berries

Beans

Quinoa

 

Did you know?

Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, yet only one in five American women believes heart disease is her greatest health threat. Visit GoRedForWomen.org for more information.