Researchers from the Catalonian Institute of Oncology in Girona
and the University of Granada in Spain have discovered that extra
virgin olive oil appears to have a preventive effect against breast cancer.
In a study just published in the scientific journal BMC Cancer,
the scientists report polyphenols -- powerful natural antioxidants
found in abundance in extra virgin olive oil -- have bioactivity against breast cancer cell lines. The article is here.
India imported 1,500 tonnes of olive oil in 2006, 2,300 tonnes in 2007, and 4,500 tonnes in 2008, and by 2012 the demand will be close to 42,000 tonnes, according to V.N. Dalmia, President of the Indian Olive Association. More here at the Hindu Business Line.
Some maps from Google insights showing the relative weight of searches for olive oil (Trinidad and Tobago leads!), extra virgin olive oil (United States in top posiiton), and olives (France in top posiiton). The top 10 related searches to olive oil below:
Gary Picariello, pointing to several sources, notes that despite being Europe's second largest producer only 4% of the olive oil branded Italian is sourced in Italy. Large Italian brands import and re-export Tunisian, Greek, Turkish and Spanish oil to make up the difference.