The Mediterranean diet represents one of the greatest nutritional strengths for countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. It is widely considered one of the healthiest in the world. The diet relies on fresh and seasonal products and places a strong emphasis on physical activity and socializing as a way of life.
This diet, however, would not be the same without its most crucial ingredient: olive oil. This precious golden liquid is the principal source of fat in the Mediterranean diet. A distinctive feature of this dietary pattern is to substitute saturated and trans fats (contributors to heart disease) for healthy fats from olive oil. We have one proverb in Spain that says: ” Aceite de oliva, todo mal quita”, which means “olive oil takes away everything bad”.
Spain is the leading contributor to the world’s production of olive oil: more than half of the oil consumed on the European continent is of Spanish origin. However, is it healthy to consume this fatty oil daily?
YES to daily oil consumption
Science constantly praises olive oil. Whenever a study appears, it reaffirms its benefits and uncovers a new unknown virtue. The list of health benefits seems almost endless. For example, extra virgin olive oil can kill cancer cells. Likewise, olive oil improves the health of the digestive system.
Therefore, consuming olive oil daily (always in moderate quantities) is not only safe but healthy; experts corroborate this position. The study “Prevention with Mediterranean Diet” by Predimed indicates that the ideal amount is 40 milliliters per day. However, not all oils are the same. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is the healthiest due to its composition rich in antioxidants and oleic acid.
What if we tell you that you can take it one step further and produce the oil at home? Olimaker is an Andalusian company that has made this process feasible, taking the concept of a fresh and natural product even further. The company has designed a micro-oil mill that extracts EVOO in about 15 minutes from olives. Olive oil from trees to the table almost every day of the year.
Oil 365 days a year
Like any other fruit, olives depend on seasonality. In Spain, the harvest season is approximately between November and January. This means that the entire olive oil production of the year depends on a time frame of about three months.
Olimaker aims to challenge this dynamic to supply olives throughout the 12 months of the year. The Granada-based company plans to design an online purchase service for olives. Individuals who have an Olimaker micro-oil mill will be able to extract homemade EVOO from fresh olives and enjoy the benefits of consuming olive oil daily. From trees to table, every day of the year.
The company is in the process of designing optimal packaging to preserve the olives all year round. The company also needs a continuous and effective distribution channel to deliver the so-called olive bags to the Horeca channel. For this purpose, Olimaker has opened funding round through the Fellow Funders platform.
Olimaker presented us their proposal to revolutionize one of the oldest sectors in our country, and we did not hesitate to support their project. Spain is well aware that both oil and time are precious. Can you imagine the combination? That is what Olimaker offers: oil available to everyone without time or seasonal limits. Join the project of this Grenadian SME!