It is one of the main ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, and it's the perfect seasoning for every dish of Sorrento and Amalfi Coast, from bruschettas to fish soups, from potato salads to pizza. It's Sorrento olive oil, which, as many other food of the area, has a protected designation of origin. The extra virgin olive oil of Sorrento has all the colors, scents and flavors of this land. The color is an intense straw yellow, and slightly fruity scent is reflected in the flavor.
Since the days of the Greeks and Romans the fertile lands of Sorrento have been exploited for the cultivation of olive groves from which olive oil was then extracted, and in a number of Roman shrines erected in honor of the goddess Minerva numerous oil amphorae have been found.
Numerous experiments and research, since the 1980s, have enhanced, for health benefits, the Mediterranean diet, of which "healthy" olive oil is an essential ingredient. Since the 1980s the Mediterranean diet is proposed as an ideal food model, and in 2010 on the recommendation of UNESCO it has become intangible heritage of humanity.
The nutritional benefits of olive oil are multiple. Olive oil contains unsaturated fats that are good for health, unlike the saturated fats found in butter, milk, cheese but also in palm oil. Even a slice of meat includes saturated and unsaturated fats. Saturated fats include much cholesterol, while the olive oil has no cholesterol. The importance of olive oil for the purposes of a healthy nutrition comes from the health of its components: 90% of essential fatty acids (palmitic, oleic and linoleic acid). The high content of unsaturated fatty acids, especially of oleic and linoleic acid, in symbiosis with antioxidant agents and vitamins (A D2 EK) helps children and young adults in the development of the nervous and bone system. In adults the same elements preserve the body from the physiological process of aging and very common metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease that, from an epidemiological point of view, taken together, account for over 80% of deaths.
But the olive oil has even more benefits than the nutritional ones. if you have a dry, dehydrated skin, soap, bath foam and cleaning products made from olive oil are just what you need. To fight fatigue and hair loss, a shampoo made from olive oil is perfect, because it regenerates the hair fiber and protects our hair from smog and many other factors such as stress and rain. You can also get a homemade manicure with olive oil, if you put two tablespoons of oil and a lemon in hot water and immerse your hands for 5 minutes.
Moreover the benefits of virgin olive oil help the development of children since their birth. In utero, the essential fatty acids contained in the oil are particularly necessary for the growth of the placenta, blood volume and thus for the growing fetus. Even in the first meals of the child adequate doses of virgin olive oil can be added. In fact, the content of linoleic acid and linolenic acid are surprisingly similar to those contained in breast milk, with all its benefits.