The medical world started endorsing olive oil as an HDL-cholesterollowering
mono-saturated fat (similar to canola oil extracted from
the rapeseed plant). Not only do studies show that it lowers
hypertension and fights certain types of cancers, but it
also reduces bad cholesterol and its vegetable mucilage
aids in digestion and stomach disorders (including flatulence,
heartburn, and constipation). Olive oil also contains vitamin
E, an antioxidant which combats free radicals that damage
body cells and tissues.
Francis had this to say about olive oil in Beyond Health
oil is almost unique among oils in that it can be consumed
in the crude form without refining. This has the effect
of conserving all its vitamins, essential fatty acids, and
other nutrients. Because it contains all these nutrients,
including powerful antioxidants, real extra virgin olive
oil is beneficial to health and protects us from damage
by free radical oxidation. Cell membranes contain fatty
acids that are highly susceptible to free radical damage.
This damage produces lipid peroxides that can kill the cell.
Real olive oil contains polyphenols, vitamin E, and other
natural antioxidants that prevent this damage. Numerous
studies show that olive oil reduces cholesterol, lowers
blood pressure, inhibits platelet aggregation, and lowers
the incidence of breast cancer. Because it is so rich in
antioxidants, olive oil appears to dramatically reduce the
oxidation of LDL cholesterol, thereby preventing heart disease.
These same antioxidants also add to the stability, shelf
life, and flavor of the oil." ©1998, Beyond Health
Toniolo of New York University Medical Center says in Nutrition
Action Healthletter "Southern Italy and Greece
have a lower risk of breast cancer than other parts of Europe."
sales break down to 10% in restaurants, 30% through retail,
and 60% direct. From Sacramento to SoHo, Bariani "oilophiles"
order by the case. About 10% is exported to Japan but it
is a slightly different kind which they refer to as "green,"
some is exported to Germany and yes, la mama uses it in
Since the production is guaranteed sold from year to year
due to an increasing demand, the Barianis are now faced
with the reality of capitalism. Forced to expand, their
greatest challenge is to preserve quality. There is no doubt
that the Barianis have found green gold. Other projects
in their scope are vinegar production and planting some
grapes. They have also tinkered with cured olives. Then
again, for their next enterprise they could pour some in
tiny flasks and make a necklace pendant or a brooch. Plans
for Enrico and Sebastian? Go-Cart racing.
TO GET IT
Suggested retail price for the oil is $4.25/250 ml, $8.00/500
ml, and $15/liter.
9460 Bar Du Lane
Sacramento CA 95829
301 Eleventh Street 3A
San Francisco, CA 94103
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