`Thank You, Preedy and Watson


Thank You, Preedy and Watson

Mar. 28, 2013
By Virginia Brown Keyder

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Any­one read­ing, writ­ing or just think­ing about olives and olive oil will, sooner rather than later, be forced to con­front the sci­ence that has over the cen­turies elu­ci­dated the ties between this majes­tic tree and humans.

Whether it’s law, med­i­cine, agron­omy or human aes­thet­ics, one must come to terms with fatty acids and phe­no­lic com­pounds.

Strolling through the bow­els of Bing­ham­ton University’s sci­ence library recently, I came across a vol­ume in the over-sized book sec­tion (and it is over-sized, run­ning to just under 1,500 fact-filled pages) enti­tled Olives and Olive Oil in Health and Dis­ease Pre­ven­tion, edited by Vic­tor R. Preedy and Ronald Ross Wat­son (2010).

Even though the library kindly let me check this out for an entire year, after one evening with the book I knew I had to have my very own copy. Sure, sev­eral peo­ple have uploaded this book onto the inter­net, but it is one of those books that you want for your library, to pull down and peruse when you’re feel­ing low. You want to thank the authors for tak­ing the time and trou­ble to pro­duce this work. This book has every­thing sci­en­tific you’d ever need to know about olives, and yet it doesn’t wear you down.


From the open­ing chap­ter on gen­eral aspects of olives and olive oil, through the processes of oil pro­duc­tion and on to car­di­ol­ogy, lipids, oxida­tive stress and even muta­genic activ­ity in meat sam­ples after deep fry­ing in olive oil in com­par­i­son to other oils (not to dimin­ish the impor­tance of azoxymethane-induced colon car­cino­gen­e­sis through Wnt/­beta-catenin sig­nal­ing and the effects of olive oil or usage of hydrox­y­ty­rosol for antimy­coplas­mal activ­ity), it enlight­ens, enter­tains and illu­mi­nates.

From stress to cho­les­terol, from skin afflic­tions to tooth decay, it sub­stan­ti­ates one’s belief in the mag­i­cal pow­ers of this yellow/green sub­stance. I can’t begin to imag­ine where this book has been hid­ing. Maybe every­one knew about it but me, but just in case that’s not so, do try to get your hands on a copy. You will never look back.

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