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Olive oil and children: A guide for parents

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In the world of children's nutrition, a recurring question arises: Is it appropriate for children to consume olive oil? This article explores this question, providing tips and tricks to incorporate this healthy ingredient in the diet of the little ones.

To start introducing Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) in children's diets, it is crucial to try different flavor combinations that appeal to children. For example, adding a splash of organic EVOO to purees can be an excellent way to gauge their acceptance. For older children, serving a halved tomato with a little salt and Picual EVOO can be an attractive option. If the preferred EVOO is too strong for children's palates, a milder, more mature extra virgin EVOO may be an option.

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The importance of the color of olive oil for the little ones

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Although the color of olive oil does not necessarily indicate its quality, it is an important factor for children, who tend to eat with their eyes. Unfiltered or deep green EVOOs can be more visually appealing due to their intense tones and fruity aromas. Harvesting fully green olives in early October and extracting their juice at low temperature can produce an EVOO with a spectacular green color, smoother on the palate.

Benefits of olive oil for your children

The health and growth benefits of olive oil for children are similar to those of adults. The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has endorsed the health benefits of olive oil, including the contribution of oleic acid, polyphenols and vitamin E to cardiovascular health and cell protection.

The following benefits have been officially recognized by the European authorities (EU Regulation):

  1. Maintenance of normal cholesterol levels: The substitution of saturated fats for unsaturated fats in the diet contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels. Oleic acid, present in olive oil, is an unsaturated fat (EU Regulation 432/2012. EFSA Bulletin No. 2011; 9(4):2043).
  2. Protection of blood lipids: The polyphenols present in olive oil help to protect blood lipids against oxidative damage. (EU Regulation 432/2012. EFSA Bulletin No. 2011; 9(4):2033).
  3. Cell protection: Vitamin E present in olive oil contributes to the protection of cells against oxidative damage (EU Regulation 432/2012. EFSA Bulletin No. 2010; 8(10):1816).

Scientific research continues to explore and suggest many other possible health benefits of olive oil, although these are not yet officially recognized. However, there is a general consensus that olive oil is the healthiest fat found in nature. Moreover, when it comes to Superior Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil, the benefits are further enhanced due to its higher content of polyphenols and natural antioxidants. For more information, you can consult a scientific article in PubMed.

Practical tips for introducing children to olive oil

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For many parents, introducing olive oil into their children's diets can be challenging. However, strategies such as incorporating children's participation in the kitchen, offering them attractive oil presentation options and using mealtime to teach them about healthy habits can be effective.

More interesting information: How to choose the perfect Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In conclusion, extra virgin olive oil is a healthy and versatile option that can add value to children's diets. At Coto Bajo, we understand the importance of offering varieties that adapt to different taste preferences. That's why we invite you to explore our wide range of Extra Virgin olive oils, which range from intense flavors to milder options, including spicy and slightly spicy varieties. Whatever your taste, we are sure you will find the perfect olive oil to satisfy your needs and delight your palate. Discover the quality and diversity of Coto Bajo's Extra Virgin olive oils today!

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