Health Benefits
of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

High Polyphenol Count

Antioxidants are found in phenols of extra virgin olive oil. The average polyphenol count measured and reported by the University of California, Davis in 2010 and 2011 was 222 mg caffeic acid/kg oil.

While California Super High-Density (SHD) olive oils tested by UC Davis at 41% of average, Berkeley Olive Grove 1913 oils were 159% of average.

The primary measure of olive oil stability sometimes cited on olive oil labels is the oxidized oleic fatty acids (free fatty acids). International allowance is 0.8%. California Olive Oil Council is a more stringent 0.5%. Berkeley Olive Grove 1913 offerings have ranged between 0.05% and 0.12%.

What is Organic?

Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used. Our grove has followed organic practices nearly two decades.

Health Benefit Links

Berkeley Olive Grove EVOO Packs a Punch

Recent Research Shows One California Extra Virgin Olive Oil Just Might Be Among the World's Healthiest.

Living Tree Community: Berkeley Olive Grove 1913

Jesse Schwartz interviews Darro Grieco of Berkeley Olive Grove 1913.

The Health Benefits of Olive Oil

A recent paper published by Dr. Chopra's research group at the Northern Ireland Center for Diet and Health, University of Ulster, had some interesting conclusions.

Better Health Channel: Olive Oil

Choosing extra virgin olive oil as your main source of dietary fat, combined with eating a healthy diet that is high in plant foods, may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Healing Daily: Olive Oil’s Health Benefits

The greatest exponent of monounsaturated fat is olive oil, and it is a prime component of the Mediterranean Diet.