Special Issue "Olive Oil: Processing, Characterization, and Health Benefits"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).
Interests: natural antioxidants; olive oil composition; quality; bioactive constituents; health properties and culinary uses; table olives
Virgin olive oil is a vegetable, edible oil made from healthy and intact fruits of the olive tree, only by mechanical means such as crushing, malaxation and centrifugation. It is used without refining and keeps its unique sensory characteristics and biological properties. The oil has a health nimbus as a basic ingredient of the Mediterranean diet, but its positive role in health is now a topic of universal concern and the oil has become an agricultural product of paramount reputation. The benefits of the consumption of olive oil are due to its fatty acid composition and the presence of bioactive compounds, mainly phenols and squalene. These features justify existing recommendations and approved health claims related to protection of blood lipids from oxidative stress and coronary heart disease. New evidence, however, emerging from a better understanding of the chemistry of olive oil minor constituents relates these constituents to lower levels of systematic inflammation, and certain types of cancer and diabetes; these constituents may also have an effect on cognition. In light of these findings, new proposals should appear to modify and improve the technology of production to avoid significant losses of bioactive components due to processing, storage and packaging. Innovative approaches for quality and authenticity and properly designed human studies are a prerequisite for understanding better the health benefits of olive oil. Studies focusing on cellular and molecular effects of bioactive compounds are also a challenge.
Prof. Dimitrios Boskou
Dr. Maria Lisa Clodoveo
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- Olive Oil
- Production technology
- bioactive constituents
- Mediterranean diet