At Prairie Oils & Vinegars, we know so many people are trying to live better and feel better by making better decisions about what to put in their bodies. Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Condimento are easy and excellent better ingredients to use in our regular diets.
Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
When it comes to choosing a healthy fat, Prairie Oils & Vinegars believes only Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) offers the greatest health benefits and taste. 'Ultra Premium' means our oils have been certified, lab tested, and sensory evaluated, so we can offer you only the absolute highest grade EVOO available - this is what sets us apart from other olive oil distributors.
Know the Country. Know the Crush Date. Know the Chemistry. If you don’t know the chemistry of your Extra Virgin Olive Oil, how do you know what you’re putting into your body? Choose your oils based on chemistry and taste! Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil is tested and meets these extremely high requirements every time.
Country. On all of our Extra Virgin Olive Oils, we provide the country of origin to show where the oil comes from. Our supplier actually visits the country and the olive grove owners to verify where the oil is coming from and the methods used to produce them. We even provide the name of the species of olive tree harvested to make the oil.
Crush Date. It is far more important to know when your oil was crushed than to know its approximate best before date. This is because Extra Virgin Olive Oil decreases in flavour and health benefits over time. Fresh crushed EVOO is like fresh squeezed fruit juice, in that it contains the most flavour and nutrients. Old, poorly made and improperly stored Extra Virgin Olive Oil has little to no health benefits, and either zero flavour or undesirable flavour. You want to buy your EVOO within 2 – 15 months of its crush date and consume it within 6 – 9 months of your purchase date at Prairie Oils.
Chemistry. Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the only olive oil that is verified through an independent chemistry analysis. Not only are the oils shown to never have been cut with any other oil, they are broken down to show us the exact make up of the food product itself. What an amazing ability to be able to know exactly what you are taking into your body! Click here to go back to our More on Extra Virgin Olive Oil page to read more.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Health Benefits
Our bodies need fat. Fat helps us absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K. It helps your body grow and develop. It keeps our joints working smoothly. Our hair and skin need it to stay soft and moisturized, not flaky and itchy. The Canadian government’s Healthy Canada website says, “For good health, include a small amount (2-3 tablespoons or 30-45ml) of unsaturated fats each day.” And fat helps our brains, according to Psychology Today. Read the complete articles here: Healthy Canadians, Psychology Today
EVOO is considered a healthy fat, and here’s why. It aids in reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing good cholesterol (HDL). Extra Virgin Olive Oils have more monounsaturated fatty acids than any other olive oil and more polyphenols, which benefit heart health. Extra Virgin Olive Oils contain naturally occurring antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agent, which can help with joint pain.
“While there is no standard for the level of polyphenols in EVOO, Veronica Foods believes in producing/buying only oils with as high a polyphenol level as possible—some even as high as the 700s (which is very high, in case you were wondering). The other aspect, oleic acid, is really just a fancy term for monounsaturated fat, aka the good fat. In order to make sure consumers are getting all those great health benefits that come from monounsaturated fats, Veronica Foods makes sure that all the oil they carry contains a makeup of 72% or higher oleic acid.” - excerpt from Antoinette Panacek on her blog All About Olive Oil. For an interesting read, check out the complete article here.
The benefits of a diet containing regular intake of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and the idea that a diet rich in high quality fats can actually keep you healthy, are being proved again and again. We invite you to click here to view a special report from The Olive Oil times on Olive Oil Health Benefits.
If you don’t prefer to click away, then here’s a little summary for you. Studies are showing EVOO:
- Reduces the risk of type II diabetes by almost 50 per cent
- Reverses damage done to arteries
- Reduces the risk of depression
- Counters the oxidizing effects of the sun and slow down skin cancer
- reduces oxidative stress, and can protect against Alzheimers
We find all this information incredibly exciting! There certainly is something to this timeless product that people have known about for thousands of years. Great flavour is a wonderful thing to experience, but the remarkable thing about EVOO is that our tastebuds are alerting us to the presence of something extraordinary. Our bodies are responding to healthful foods! Adding Extra Virgin Olive Oil to your diet will increase not only your enjoyment of food, but increase your health and wellbeing.
Come visit us to experience Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil and enjoy a full tasting tour. Becoming familiar with fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oil’s flavour characteristics and chemistry will help you make an educated decision about which olive oil is right for you.
Balsamic Vinegar Health Benefits
Just like olive oil, balsamic vinegar has long been viewed as healthful. The original word 'balsam' means curative! Balsamic vinegar was identified for its rejuvenating effects just as much as it was singled out for its amazing taste!
Recent studies have shown that vinegar has certain healthful effects on our bodies and can be an excellent choice to add to our diet. Balsamic vinegar in particular retains most of the nutrients present in the parent grapes and can help decelerate the aging process, because antioxidants from the grape juices destroy free radicals and help prevent cells from being destroyed.
Consuming balsamic vinegar before your meal can help ensure blood sugar levels do not spike after your meal, while aiding with digestion. This also indicates that it can also help control diabetes – consumption of at least five teaspoons per day can enhance insulin sensitivity.
We invite you to click here to read about Balsamic Vinegar Health Benefits on the Veronica Foods blog.
If you don’t prefer to click away, then here’s a little summary for you. Studies are showing balsamic vinegar:
- has antioxidants that destroy free radicals to protect against aging
- has bioflavonoids, which can strengthen the body’s immune system to fight cancer
- reduces risks of heart attacks
- controls diabetes by enhancing insulin sensitivity
- has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that promote health
- stimulates the pepsin enzyme in the body, which helps break down proteins and assist in digestion
Besides these balsamic vinegar health benefits, this vinegar also reduces the frequency of headache inceptions, strengthens bones (calcium absorption), energizes the body, slows down aging process and prevents anemia. It also helps in weight loss by suppressing one’s appetite.
Come visit our tasting room to experience our rich and decadent, tart and refreshing Balsamic Condimento!