Why does my olive oil burn? Because it's good for you

If it's smooth without bite, you might be missing the key health benefits.

The olive oil most often found on grocery store shelves, comes from a variety of farms that may not all follow the same high standards for purity. What you end up with is an oil that delivers far fewer healthy benefits that you believe you are getting.

The best olive oils have a 'bite'. At the back of your tongue you will feel a slight burn. This is due to the compound oleocanthal which is found in fresh extra virgin olive oil. This compound has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which boost long term health. It may also play a role in reducing the risk of Alzheimer's.

In addition, fresh EVOO has a wide range of anti-oxidants and phytonutrients that have a numerous health benefits including heart health, reducing inflammation in the cardiovascular system, and even regulating blood sugar. Adding olive oil to food may even increase the health benefits of the ingredients. For example, one study found that adding EVOO to raw or cooked tomatoes increases the absorption of antioxidants from the tomatoes to the body.

Napa Valley EVOO produces high quality olive oil from organic olives grown in Napa Valley. The climate in Napa Valley is not just good for growing wine grapes, but also for growing olive trees. Owner and founder Jamie Anzalone--a wine expert and seasoned top chef--knows flavor. The products from Napa Valley EVOO make cooking fun, delicious, and rewarding.

The EVOO is made from hand picked olives from different areas in Napa Valley such as St. Helena, Calistoga, and the Stag's Leap region. They also offer imported cask-aged Italian balsamics, infused olive oils, and salts and seasonings such as Za'atar.

Check out their gourmet California olive oils and shop and gift from their iPhone store with a couple taps on the Treatmo iOS App. You can also chat about your favorite EVOO in the app.

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 Sel Gris available on Treatmo from Napa Valley is a French Sea Salt produced using a centuries old harvesting method. 

Sel Gris available on Treatmo from Napa Valley is a French Sea Salt produced using a centuries old harvesting method. 

 Infused with California blackberries

Infused with California blackberries

 Taken during Eclipse 2017 - Napa Valley EVOO with Napa Valley Blackberry Balsamic

Taken during Eclipse 2017 - Napa Valley EVOO with Napa Valley Blackberry Balsamic

Explore, shop and gift all Napa Valley EVOO products from their Treatmo iOS store front. Looking for holiday gifts? This is your one stop shop.