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Conference in Spain’s Olive Oil Capital Celebrates Heath and Heritage

Aug. 26, 2014
Chris Lindahl

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An indus­try con­fer­ence in the Spanish province of Jaén will cel­e­brate the health ben­e­fits of liq­uid gold. The set­ting is fit­ting, with the recent announce­ment of a large increase in olive oil exports from the province.

Andalusia, the Spanish comu­nidad autónoma (CCAA) that Jaén is located in, is the lead­ing exporter of agri­cul­tural food and drinks, com­pris­ing 25 per­cent of the national total. On a more local level, olive oil exports from Jaén have nearly quadru­pled com­pared to last year, reach­ing €148 mil­lion ($209 mil­lion).

On September 25, 2014, El Centro de Interpretación Olivar y Aceite de Úbeda will put on a con­fer­ence titled Virgen Extra, Patrimonio Saludable, or Extra Virgin, Healthy Heritage, bring­ing together experts from olive oil pro­mo­tion, health and gas­tron­omy.

The cen­ter is a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to the pro­mo­tion of Jaén’s olive oil indus­try, specif­i­cally within the town of Úbeda — which con­sid­ers the olive a socioe­co­nomic base. José Luis Romera, pres­i­dent of of the cen­ter, explained that the objec­tive of the pro­gram is to bring together a wide range of experts from var­i­ous fields, under one roof.

He said that the event is the first of its kind in the indus­try, and is set to attract peo­ple from all over Spain and the world.


One high­light of the pro­gram is the pre­sen­ta­tion of an ongo­ing study that exam­ines the health ben­e­fits of the Mediterranean diet. Predimed, first estab­lished in 2003, assem­bled a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary team exam­in­ing how cho­les­terol lev­els, blood pres­sure, blood glu­cose and inflam­ma­tion were impacted by adher­ing to the diet. Participants include 16 groups spread through­out Spain and are com­posed of uni­ver­sity researchers, clin­i­cians, physi­cians, nutri­tion­ists and epi­demi­ol­o­gists.

The reg­is­tra­tion cost for the con­fer­ence is €5. For more infor­ma­tion visit the event web­site.


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