FAQs
What are Polyphenols?

Polyphenols are natural compounds found in many food sources and are abundant in Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of phenolic-rich EVOO have extraordinary health benefits that protect the heart, the brain and the body from disease. Oleocanthal is the primary health-protective polyphenol of EVOO.

Gaia Vitality premium brands are tested and certified for polyphenol content of a minimum of 500mg/Kg or more. We have specially selected rare and precious EVOOs to support your good health, vitality and longevity.

Are all EVOOs high phenolic?

EVOOs have varying levels of polyphenol compounds. Our selected brands are recognized by the World Olive Center for Health and have minimum 500mg/Kg of phenolic content which is three to five times higher than supermarket brands.

How do I know which High Phenolic EVOO to choose?

Our EVOOs have varying levels of phenolic content, each with their own distinct flavour. The polyphenols can be detected by the peppery after taste that hits the back of the throat, indicating the presence of Oleocanthal. Some oils are more robust, others are more delicate. It comes down to pleasing your taste buds while optimizing the extraordinary health protective benefits. Try them all and find your favorite!

How do monounsaturated fats affect your health?

Monounsaturated fat is one of the healthy fats found in EVOO along with polyunsaturated fat. These healthy fats help to lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Additionally, Monounsaturated fats will help maintain blood sugar levels for those with type 2 diabetes.

What is the importance of low acidity in EVOOs?

The acidity in EVOOs refers to the free fatty acid content. For an Extra Virgin Olive Oil to be classified as such, it must have an acidity level of 0.8% or lower.

Will consuming high phenolic EVOO lead to weight loss?

A limited daily intake of EVOO can actually cause weight loss as it will satisfy your appetite and make you feel full longer. EVOO contains roughly 120 calories per tablespoon and 14g of fat, more than half of which is monounsaturated. Replace saturated fat (as in animal fats) with EVOO to maintain your total daily calories. Consume a healthy plant-based diet and incorporate regular exercise for a lifestyle of vitality!

Can we trust the EU Organic Certifications?

Most certainly! The European Union (EU) has strict regulations with regards to organic farming. Our producers follow the best environmental practices, preserve natural resources and maintain a high level of biodiversity. The EU requires regular inspections in order to assure that producers are in compliance with regulations. Canada recognizes these certifications without further inspection, testing or re-certification.

What is Cold Pressing?

Cold pressing means that no heat or chemicals are used in the extraction process thereby protecting the natural nutrients and phenolic compound levels.

How should I store my high phenolic EVOO?

Light, heat and air will cause oxidization in olive oil. That is why we like dark glass and we recommend that you keep it in a cool dark place!

Can I cook with high phenolic EVOO?

Yes you can! The antioxidant compounds and the monounsaturated oleic fat contained in EVOO make it resistant to damage when heating. The smoke point of EVOO is between 375-420° F, making it safe for most cooking methods.