“Yale’s Olive Oil and Health symposium drew a deeply invested group to New Haven this month—chefs, growers, importers, scientists, associations of producers, entrepreneurs and business people—to celebrate this amazing fruit juice and begin mapping out a new olive institute at the Yale School of Public Health.
Olive oil is the cornerstone of Mediterranean nutrition and speaker after speaker cited its vital role in better health outcomes throughout the region. Athanasios Panagiotopoulos, the mayor of Delphi, Greece, home to the Delphi Grove, a UNESCO world heritage site, was among the international attendees.
“There is no greater crisis in public health today than diet, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases,” Sten Vermund, dean of the Yale School of Public Health, told the gathering in Winslow Auditorium in his opening remarks for the two-day event that begin on October 3.
An olive oil institute at the Yale School of Public Health would include research in chemistry, and metabolomics to develop assays and datasets to enhance further health research. “We are extremely excited about the interest from around the world in participating in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary institute that will fill such an important void, said Professor Vasilis Vasiliou, chair of the YSPH’s Department of Environmental and Health Sciences.
For decades Americans have been told to reduce calories and cut fat, even healthy fat like olive oil. “We are paying a hefty price for that,” said Rafi Taherian, associate vice president of Yale Hospitality. Over the last decade, he has spearheaded a shift toward Mediterranean-style nutrition—rich in vegetables, seafood, legumes and extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), among other staples—in the university dining halls, increasing the consumption of produce by over 40 percent.
The symposium was organized by Tassos C. Kyriakides, an olive oil sommelier and associate research scientist in biostatistics at the Yale School of Public Health and director of the VA West Haven Cooperative Studies Program coordinating center, “It is time to bring together people from all the olive oil sectors to break down silos, open up the olive groves and find ways to support and enhance their work with this amazing fruit and inform future research directions,” he said.
Olive oils that are high in oleocanthals have high profiles for bitter taste receptors and have a peppery affect at the back of the throat. This pungency is associated with many health benefits—a reduced risk for cancer, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases and added protection against viruses, said Catherine Peyrot des Gachons of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.
In addition to prevention of neurodegenerative diseases, Amal Kaddoumi, a professor at the Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University in Alabama, has found that EVOO increases the activity of the drug donepezil that is used to treat dementia.
Mary Flynn, an associate professor at the Miriam Hospital and Brown University in Rhode Island, has studied the effects of a plant-based olive oil diet since the 1980s. Albeit small in sample size, numerous comparative studies among cancer patients consistently show better weight loss compared to National Cancer Institute diet plans, and when the patients are given the opportunity to self-select which diet to follow for the final period of the study they largely choose the olive oil diet. Her data reflect improved weight, insulin, blood pressure and triglyceride levels.
By shifting to more plant-based meals on this diet, Flynn also finds that the money saved on groceries ($14.36 per week) not only reduces food insecurity, but also results in weight loss and reduced blood glucose. “Most Americans eat too much protein and that turns to fat,” said Flynn. With the decrease in fasting blood glucose, people don’t get hungry.”
It is time to bring together people from all the olive oil sectors.”
Tassos C. Kyriakides
Among the natural chemicals that make EVOO such a super food are oleocanthal, a phenolic compound, and elenolide which is associated with lowering hypertension. Exploring the line between food and medicine, Propopis Magiatis, associate professor at the University of Athens, is researching efficacy of medical foods, or nutraceuticals, supplements and drugs—a rapidly growing sector.
“Consumer education remains important in traditional olive oil producing countries, such as Greece,” said Maria Kapsokefalou, professor of human nutrition at the Agricultural University of Athens. Consumption of olive oil has dropped 50 percent in Crete since 1960 as the country has shifted from an agricultural to a service economy. Through genomic research, Kapsokefalou’s group is identifying specific healthy properties in cultivars to link quality with the genome.”
Yale school of Public Health Article: October 10, 2018
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Charcuterie is French in origin but there are no rules to create fun appetizers to pair with your favorite wine. This was a joy creating for everyone.
Artfully design and arrange your savory flavors on beautiful wooden platters; create splashes of color with bowls that hold nuts, olives or spreads and enjoy time together.
Our Charcuterie Holiday event was inspired by The Magnolia Journal. The fun of pairing the cheeses from Holland, Italy and France started with the Cranberry Orange Salsa made with our Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil, Walnut Green Bean Spread showcasing the Wild Mushroom Sage Infused Olive Oil, sweet treats; Ozou White Chocolate Baklava Bark with Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil and Dark Chocolate Truffles made with Limonata Fused Olive Oil and Raspberry Aged Balsamic. My trip to the Cheese Shop in Essex CT was full of creative ideas. What fun learning from the knowledgeable team member there.
The wine needed to be balanced for the savory and sweet flavors I chose a red wine from Piedmont Italy, called Mariaia – Marachesi Barolo which complemented the palate.
For all of our guests here is what we had for the Charcuterie Holiday Event:
Cheeses from Holland – Ewephoria and Polder Goat Gouda that went well with the Black Mission Fig Balsamic drizzle, Asian Pears, Papaya and Cranberry Orange Salsa.
Italian cheese: Crucolo was divine alone or with a drizzle of Baklouti Green Chile Fused Olive Oil and Marcona Spanish Almonds.
France – Chaumes cheese was exceptional with the crusty bread and a small thin slice of red onion, alongside of the almonds and pistachios.
The Finnocchiona meat with fennel was perfect with any of the cheeses.
Serve an artisan crusty bread to add to the cheeses and meats. The nuts were Spanish Marcona Almonds, Pistachios, Pecans that I roasted with our Maple Balsamic Vinegar.
We also had organic Turkish Figs and California Apricots. The fresh fruit was Asian Pears and Papaya – fresh Persimmons are great also. Our exceptional whole queen olives were a perfect addition to the table.
The shrub drink was made with our Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic, Just Cranberry juice (no sugar) and sparkling water.
The recipes made by Suzanne for this event can be found on our website under RECIPES
Cranberry Orange Salsa – https://www.capizzanoco.com/cranberry-orange-salsa/
Walnut Green Bean Spread – https://www.capizzanoco.com/2484-2/
Ouzo White Chocolate Baklava Bark – https://www.capizzanoco.com/ouzo-white-chocolate-baklava-bark/
Dark Chocolate Truffles – https://www.capizzanoco.com/our-famous-truffle-recipe-released/
There are so many ways to present the Charcuterie creating your own masterpiece. At Capizzano Olive Oils & Vinegars our “Charcuterie Designer” will help you create your own unique Charcuterie Board that your guests will remember. Decorate with vibrant colors on the table using bowls to make a statement. With planning and preparation beforehand you’ll spend more time with family and friends instead of being in the kitchen.
Thank you for enjoying this wonderful event together.
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Simply Healthy and Elegant Wedding Favors. A small oval “Keepsake” box holds a single bottle. Your Guests will taste the difference with our exceptional Ultra-Premium extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars.
Custom Labels Printed – stop by our store for details and prices! Choose your favorite extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar! A perfect wedding favor for your invited honored guests.
Specialty Bread for sale with our Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Baked Bread – Tuesday – Concerts and Beach goers find simple pleasures with your favorite bottle of Certified UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO).
Dip your fresh bread into our Tuscan Herb or Garlic EVOO – scrumptious! Bring your wine and relax listen to the music or ocean sounds at Watch Hill.
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Our bread is made special for you from Broad Street Kitchen in Pawcatuck CT. Breaking Bread for you Thursdays – Saturdays at Capizzano Olive Oils & Vinegars – Watch Hill.
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Cleopatra knew the essentials of olive oil thousands of years ago and so do many more women today. Learn what health benefits extra virgin olive oil has externally as a cleanser, for microdermabrasion, and as a moisturizer for the skin and hair.
Our skin and hair care products contain the highest quality extra virgin olive oil that provide the anti-inflammatory benefits for skin health. Enjoy knowing that these products are made with care and confidence to promote healthy skin and hair care.
Squalane is Found in High Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
The Uses of Squalane for Skin Care
“Many beauty and skin care experts have lauded the effects of squalane on the skin. This oil, which occurs naturally in the body, is also found in olive oil. More and more beauty products are adding squalane to their cosmetics, skin creams products because experts believe it is a natural moisturizer. What better way to use it than from the direct source than with ‘consciously crushed seasonal extra virgin olive oils’ with a high phenolic count.
Our Handcrafted Skin Essential Olive Oils are made in small batches with our Ultra Premium Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oils that have a polyphenol level of 380 – 499ppm. Polyphenols are anti-oxidants that provide anti-inflammatory benefits. There are NO synthetic chemicals, coloring or perfumes added. Only extra virgin olive oil and high quality essential oils that contain no alcohol. See cleansing instructions under Musings section.
Our Skin and Hair Care come from an exceptional olive grove in Australia, Olive Oil Skincare Company.