With Christmas just around the corner, thousands of Spaniards are going crazy trying to find the perfect gift. Everyone wants to get it right and, in this sense, gifts related to gastronomy and health are a safe bet. Without a doubt, Aceites de Oliva de Virgen Extra de España are one of the most appropriate Christmas gifts.
We Spaniards are lucky enough to be able to enjoy an immense range of Extra Virgin Olive Oils from the new harvest, fresh oils, full of flavour and fruity aromas. Moreover, they are presented in packaging that does not detract from the quality of the contents. Bottles and tins with thorough designs that make them a gift for all the senses.
They are also a gift for your health. Olive Oils are the basis of the Mediterranean diet, the most recommended diet by nutrition experts, because they provide monounsaturated fatty acids, in the form of oleic acid, which, when taken in the diet as a substitute for saturated fats, help to reduce cholesterol.
Similarly, Extra Virgin Olive Oils are a natural source of antioxidants such as polyphenols and vitamin E, which also contribute to the protection of cells against oxidative damage, a condition which, according to experts, can be caused by external agents such as radiation and pollutants.
The European Union states that to benefit from the health benefits of polyphenols, at least 20 grams of virgin or extra virgin olive oil should be consumed daily. This recommended amount is not difficult to achieve, as the versatility of Spanish Olive Oils allows them to dress all kinds of salads, make fried foods, enhance the flavour of a good piece of toast or marinate any kind of fish, among many other culinary resources.