HEALTH, THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY HEALTH

As is well known, extra virgin olive oil can benefit health in many different ways.

As is well known, extra virgin olive oil can benefit health in many different ways.

On 11 November 2010, the UN added the Mediterranean diet to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list, highlighting olive oil as the star product it is.

At Aceites Alguijuela, we are committed to quality, which requires a strong conviction in what we do. How do we do this and who do we do it for?

In order to comply with this commitment, we take responsibility for the entire oil production process. That's why we only make extra virgin olive oil using our own olives, so we can be confident that the entire harvest comes solely and exclusively from an integrated production process.

Integrated production is a system that is used to produce and convert raw materials into high quality food products in a way that safeguards the profitability and sustainability of agricultural operations, whilst respecting the environment and guaranteeing the level of food safety that present-day society demands.

Developed under Order 29 of June 2010 of the Autonomous Community of Extremadura, integrated production sets forth the basic criteria for rational use of natural resources, ensuring crops remain healthy and prioritising biological and cultural methods over agrochemical methods. This task is subject to the specifications and supervision of an expert technician.

We try to reduce the use of pesticides and other chemicals, improve how different activities are organised and find the best time to perform them. We do all this in order to obtain a healthy product of outstanding quality.

In response to the initial question, we make our extra virgin olive oil for people who are interested in Health, Well-being and looking after the Environment.

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BENEFITS OF EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
  • Reduces the risk of hardening of the arteries and heart disease thanks to its high polyphenol content.
  • The oleic acid it contains can help prevent breast cancer.
  • Contains properties that could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
  • Improves blood circulation and prevents discomfort when walking.
  • Helps prevent infections caused by bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella.
  • It is a source of monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants, and therefore helps lower cholesterol.
  • In patients with type 2 diabetes, it has beneficial effects on glucose and fat metabolism.
  • Contains a natural chemical component with anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Stimulates the production of vasodilators and improves blood flow, which decreases risks of hypertension.
  • Contributes to keeping skin hydrated.
OLIVE GROVES HELP TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

During the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COPP22) in Marrakesh in 2016, several studies were presented which showed that the cultivation of olives, together with the adoption of suitable agricultural practices, can increase the amount of CO2 captured from the atmosphere and stored in permanent plant structures (biomass) and the soil.

According to these studies, in order to produce one litre of olive oil, 1.5 kilograms of CO2 must be released into the atmosphere throughout the life cycle of the product. In order to produce this litre of oil, an olive tree captures around 11.5 kilograms of CO2 and stores it in the ground. The result is a clear positive balance of around 10 kilograms of CO2 captured from the atmosphere.