Health Officials and Media Tout the Benefits of Omega-3

August 7, 2007

Public health officials and the news media have been sending a resounding message that Americans need more Omega-3 in their diets. Italica Imports, in an effort to give consumers the healthiest products on the market, recently introduced a Spanish Extra Virgin olive oil enriched with Omega-3. This product aligns itself with increased consumer demand for functional foods driven by consumer lifestyle changes, increasing health awareness and an aging population.

Available in 17 ounce bottles, Italica Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Omega-3 is enriched with 13.8 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids. Originally derived from hake, salmon and codfish, the Omega-3 in Italica's new product is infused into the olive oil during the bottling process. Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Lucy Landesman, president of Italica Imports, said, "There have been a number of studies and news articles about the benefits garnered from a diet rich in Omega-3. According to leading health professionals, Omega-3 has been shown to play a crucial role in the prevention of stress-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, dementia, and depression. Use Italica Extra Virgin Olive Oil Enriched with Omega-3 as you would any other oil -- in salad dressings, sauces, marinades and more."

In addition to the health benefits of Omega-3, Italica Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Omega-3 contains no more than 0.8% acidity and is judged to have a superior taste while still retaining antioxidants and nutrients to make it a "Heart Healthy" product. The product provides polyphenols and Vitamin E, both antioxidants. Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about two tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil. To achieve this possible benefit, olive oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day.

Italica Olive Oil is available at grocery stores nationwide, and can be purchased online at Italica Olive Oil is the only 100% Spanish olive oil available in unbreakable PET plastic bottles. In addition to Italica Extra Virgin Olive Oil Enriched with Omega-3, Italica Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Italica 100% Pure Olive are also available.

Based in Scarsdale, Italica Imports is a division of Cory International Corp., a third generation family-owned business with over 70 years of experience in packing and distributing olives (Tee Pee Olives) and olive oil. Today, Tee Pee Olives/Italica Imports is the largest importer and packer of bulk Spanish green olives in the U.S. Lucy Landesman was named the first female president of Italica Imports and Tee Pee Olives in 2004. Tee Pee Olives/Italica Imports is a member of the Association of Food Industries (AFI). Italica Imports is ISO Certified to produce kosher products. Tee Pee Olives is certified USDA Organic.