Enjoying Pacific Sun Farms Olive Oils / Organic Blend

After working a couple of years at Pacific Sun Farms an opportunity to develop an organic line came up. I was thrilled with it, for I hold organic agriculture as something of the highest importance. I defend and promote organic agriculture not only for its nutritional values, but also for the absence of pesticides, which I certainly prefer.

Organics implies a whole different food chain. It starts with a particular treatment and kind approach to the land, and traditionally ends with a shorter distribution circuit that nourishes local economies.

On top of that, I’m truly concerned with the suffering bee colonies have been undergoing (and many studies point to the abuse of pesticides).

Yet, in the case of olive oil, organic is not the most important thing. What does that mean? It means that above all, EVOO has to be a good one, and that can happen with organic or conventional crops. It’s about attention, knowledge and quality standards both in agriculture and most importantly in the milling, and organic does not even guarantee, by itself, that the olive oil is EV or a good EVOO. Continue reading Enjoying Pacific Sun Farms Olive Oils / Organic Blend

Pacific Sun Olive Oils – Under the microscope 2017

Every year we present the chemical analysis of our olive oils. All extra virgin olive oils need to pass a chemical analysis to be certified EVOO.

These analyses can tell quite a bit about the oil’s quality. Once the oil passes these tests, a panel of judges gives the final word after a collective blind tasting. If the statistics resulting from the individual tastings find the oil holds positive attributes and is free of defects, the olive oil in question will be certified EVOO.

These standards were set in the EU at the beginning of the 1990s and they’re still under debate. It’s mostly producers like Pacific Sun Farms and our fellow small to medium producers in California, and the world, that are pushing for stricter standards.

So far, in the U.S., we don’t have a law enforcing EVOO standards. However, along with members of the California Olive Oil Council (COOC), we follow similar standards as those set by the International Olive Council (IOC). Continue reading Pacific Sun Olive Oils – Under the microscope 2017

Soccer Star Lionel Messi, Dr. Giuliano Poser, Stephen Curry, and Quality EVOO

Last week, Dr. Giuliano Poser, a nutritionist from Sacile, Northern Italy, revealed the diet he’s given to some of the greatest sportsmen of our time, including Barcelona’s soccer star, Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi has won tournaments and accolades in one of the most successful sports stories in history, though he was battling stomach issues (nervous vomiting before and even during games) and some muscle injuries. Another soccer player from Argentina, friends with Messi, suggested he visit Dr. Poser in Italy.

Messi had the intuition and the humility to try and do something different in his professional life,” he said. What is it? Continue reading Soccer Star Lionel Messi, Dr. Giuliano Poser, Stephen Curry, and Quality EVOO

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What about the other “extra virgin” vegetable oils?

This week I had a conversation with a friend who is taking cooking classes. She asked my opinion on other vegetable oils and how they compare to olive oil. She mentioned that in her classes, olive oil was not often featured, giving room to other ‘extra virgin’ oils. First, I told her, such things don’t exist outside the realms of misleading marketing and honest confusion.
 
Let me explain: ‘Extra virgin’ is a specific term related to olive oil, its chemistry, and its organoleptic attributes. The definition is an essential part of a European law (Reg.256/1991 amended in recent years) regarding olive oil grades and applies to olive oil only.
 
Most vegetable oils are extracted using thermal treatments and/or solvents, though in recent years, some of these oils have experienced a significant improvement in the way they’re extracted. Using mechanical means instead of the heat/solvent methods has led to obtaining higher quality products, as in the case of coconut, flax seed, grape seed, and sesame and sunflower oils.

Continue reading What about the other “extra virgin” vegetable oils?

On Polyphenols

The presence of naturally occurring anti-oxidants in olive oil is what sets it apart from other vegetable oils and as a sort of a super food. The polyphenol count of an olive oil is an important aspect of it when it comes to evaluating its goodness. Not all olive oils are alike when it comes to the polyphenol count; in fact, it’s one of the elements that most differentiates olive oils from each other. Continue reading On Polyphenols

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Olive Oil and Cancer

Good news comes from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where a research project has been able to isolate oleocanthal, the phenol responsible for the piquant sensation (mostly in the base of the throat) that good EVOOs produce. An anti-oxidant, oleocanthal is a phenol compound in the ligstroside family that has powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
September 24, 2014 | General |Comments (0 ) Pacific Sun Blog

Good news comes from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where a research project has been able to isolate oleocanthal, the phenol responsible for the piquant sensation (mostly in the base of the throat) that good EVOOs produce. An anti-oxidant, oleocanthal is a phenol compound in the ligstroside family that has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Continue reading Olive Oil and Cancer

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More on the Goodness of Olive Oil

In our last blog entry we mentioned a recent study indicating that olive oil could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This week we learned two other benefits that regular consumption of EVOO may bring.

The first benefit has to do with one of the main components of olive oil, oleic acid. This is a monounsaturated fat that has been associated with decreased low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and possibly increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. A study done by a group of scientists showed that feeding rats fats with high oleic acid content, such as olive oil, produced in their intestines the hormone Oleylethanolamide, which when administered as a drug provides a sensation of satiety.

It’s important to notice that although all olive oils contain oleic acid (in fact, “oleic” comes from the word olive), some olive varieties provide significantly higher amounts than others. This is worthwhile to know particularly in California where most olive oils are made out of the Arbequina variety, which has one of the lowest oleic acid counts (and polyphenol counts as well). While very nice, friendly, mild olive oils can be made with this cultivar, for nutritional reasons it’s wise to tap into other types such as Mission or Tuscan varieties, or produce olive oils where Arbequina makes up a small part of the blend.

The other beneficial aspect we just learned relates to cooking with olive oil. By reading Marino Uceda’s book “Manual de cata y maridaje” — which we recommend to any Spanish reader interested in olive oil — we got to know that when frying ingredients, olive oil penetrates food much less than other fats, providing for leaner meals. According to a study which took place in Spain at the Estacion de Olivicultura y Elaiotecnia, fat consumption when cooking with olive oil can be from 10% to 40% less than with other cooking fats.

These two studies bring to mind that idea which suggests to stay in good shape, instead of eating less, it’s more important to eat nutritious, real, tasty food.

Good news!

On behalf of the Pacific Sun Olive Oil team,

Pablo

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Olive Oil Helps Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

The journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience reports that a new study conducted by a team led by scientist Dr. Amal Kaddoumi at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, has found that EVOO can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
June 14, 2013 | General |Comments (0 ) Pacific Sun Blog

The journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience reports that a new study conducted by a team led by scientist Dr. Amal Kaddoumi at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, has found that EVOO can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading Olive Oil Helps Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

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Vitamin E in Olive Oil

Tocopherols are a group of closely related, fat-soluble alcohols constituting vitamin E and similar natural compounds. In the case of olive oil, they exist in the form of alpha-tocopherol (90%), which acts as a vitamin E as well as anti-oxidants. They’re critical to preserving the integrity of the olive oil since they react against the peroxide radicals, which are the primary products of the self-oxidation of fats.
 
June 2, 2013 | General |Comments (0 ) Pacific Sun Blog

Thus, anti-oxidants stop decomposition in its initial phase. The presence of vitamin E as well as other anti-oxidants (polyphenols), is what sets olive oil apart from any other vegetable oil. Continue reading Vitamin E in Olive Oil

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