Method of Production and Processing
The exquisite atsas organic extra virgin olive oil is the result of cultivation with sustainable and environmentally friendly methods, all according to international standards of organic crops and protection of our planet.
Atsas organic extra virgin olive oil is produced by the method of cold pressing, is not filtered, and is stored in stainless steel tanks with a closed nitrogen system. During the whole process (cold pressing) the temperature does not exceed 27 degrees Celsius.
This processing method produces an excellent quality organic olive oil with unique organoleptic characteristics, fresh olive aroma and unique taste.
Thus, the atsas organic extra virgin olive oil retains its nutritional value, aroma and taste.
Historically, olive oil has been an integral part of the Mediterranean tradition and diet. Consumption of extra virgin olive oil is associated with increased life expectancy, as it contains high levels of phenols, tocopherols, phytosterols, aromatic and flavor compounds.
Atsas Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil:
- is rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats * that help lower ‘bad cholesterol’ (LDL) and offer a good ratio between HDL (‘good cholesterol’) and LDL (‘bad cholesterol’) cholesterol.
- contains omega-3 fatty acids ** that help maintain normal blood cholesterol levels.
- is rich in polyphenols *** (antioxidants) that help protect blood lipids from oxidative stress.
* Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats in the diet contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels [MUFA and PUFA are unsaturated fats]
** ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid) contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels
*** Olive oil polyphenols contribute to the protection of blood lipids from oxidative stress.
As per (Commission Regulation (EU) 432/2012)
HEALTHY HIGH PHENOLIC EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
An organic extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) that is also an early harvest EVOO with extraordinary health benefits, ATSAS is ideal for anyone concerned about their health and the health of those they love. As a particularly high phenolic olive oil, ATSAS is unusually health protective because it includes many vitamins, minerals, and polyphenols.
Scientists have analyzed its polyphenol content and found that ATSAS is so rich in phenolic compounds that just a half teaspoon per day is enough to confer significant health benefits. A January 2021 analysis from the University of Athens shows that ATSAS EVOO from the 2021 harvest contains 1824 mg/kg oleocanthal and a remarkable 2854 mg/kg total polyphenols.
SUSTAINABLE FARMING, MINDFUL HARVEST AND PRODUCTION
Several years ago, one of the founders of ATSAS, environmental engineer Nicolas Netien, and his pregnant wife Maria drilled holes into the dry, rocky soil of Cyprus to plant four thousand olive trees. Well versed in cutting-edge sustainable farming techniques, the ATSAS team uses natural compost and ground cover to provide nutrients to the trees. Even in the island’s hot, dry summers, they irrigate these organically cultivated olive groves very little (a practice associated with higher phenolic content).
The ATSAS team’s early harvest catches olives when their polyphenol content is highest. They harvest by hand and typically begin an additive-free cold extraction of the oil just half an hour after the harvest—unusually fast. This helps them preserve more health benefits while avoiding the oxidation and fermentation that occur when olives are left to sit for long periods before milling.
The EVOO is allowed to settle in the tank, rather than being filtered. After bottling, opaque black glass bottles keep out the light, and the approved inert gas nitrogen pushes out the oxygen that could damage the olive oil.
LONG LISTS OF HEALTH BENEFITS
A 2017 University of Athens study revealed that ATSAS EVOO contained the highest level of phenolic compounds ever recorded. Recent scientific studies suggest that high phenolic olive oil can help prevent, treat, and in some cases reverse symptoms of several serious illnesses. That is because olive oil polyphenols are
- anti-atherogenic (preventing buildup of fatty substances, or plaque, inside the arteries)
Scientific evidence from clinical trials and epidemiological studies suggests the polyphenols in extra virgin olive oil may help reduce levels of glucose, “bad” (LDL) cholesterol, and total cholesterol; they also help prevent or fight
- oxidative stress
- cognitive decline
- high blood pressure
- cardiovascular disease
- breast and colon cancers
ATSAS is not merely eligible for the European Union health claim according to Regulation 432/2012, which applies to EVOOs containing at least 5mg/20g (250mg/kg) of certain polyphenols. With more than 2000 mg/kg of total polyphenol content, ATSAS goes far beyond that requirement, making it perfect for health-conscious consumers.
ATSAS Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards
Triple Gold Medal – Aristoleo Health Award – 2018
Double Gold Medal – Aristoleo Health Award – 2017
Gold Medal – Olympia Health & Nutrition Awards – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Silver Medal – London Health Claim Award – 2018