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A Tip for Finding Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Created on 10/12/2012
You've likely heard how good olive oil can be for you.

And there are plenty of choices available - some more expensive than others.

One tip to finding a high quality olive oil - find one that creates a subtle peppery taste or sensation in the back of your throat when swallowed.

That taste is a sign of the presence of a compound that may offer health benefits as well as added taste enjoyment, and is typically found only in high quality extra virgin olive oils. Read More>>
A World (of Health) in an Olive
Created on 11/29/2011
Most people know that following a Mediterranean-type diet can be a good way to optimize health.

Interestingly, the focus of recent investigation has been on one particular aspect of this pattern of eating - olives, and by extension, olive oil.

You might not think that the olive could play such an important role in health, but that's what research suggests, with properties that include antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory actions.

There are a few things to keep in mind, however, as you can see below. Read More>>
Go Nuts!
Created on 9/25/2009
Nuts and seeds are tasty and important parts of a Mediterranean-style diet, which represents one of the healthiest ways to eat.

Many people, however, worry about eating nuts. They're afraid they'll gain a lot of weight.

Research suggests that eating a handful of nuts every few days will not by itself result in weight gain, but very well may help lower cholesterol levels and protect your heart.

So go nuts! Read More>>
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