Based on scientific results, olive oil functions as a protective weapon in order to fight many diseases, within the framework of a balanced mediterranean diet
According to the regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods, a “health claim” is any statement which declares or leads to the conclusion that there is a relationship between food and health.
According to the same regulation 1924/2006 health claims which have not been approved by the Council and are not found in the list of permitted healthclaims, are prohibited.
Thus, there are strict criteria which health claims have to fulfill since they are based on scientific statements by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Specifically in Greece, according to EFET (Hellenic Food Authority), health claims can be used only when approved, included in the list of permitted health claims of the Regulation (EC) 1924/2006 and fulfill the general and specific conditions which are assigned in the Regulation.
According to the Regulation (EU) no 432/2012 of the European Council in relation to the list of permitted health claims on food, olive oil can present the following health claims:
Olive oil polyphenols
Olive oil polyphenols contribute to the protection of lipids in our blood from oxidant stress.
The health claim can be used solely for olive oil which contains 5 mg of hydroxytyrosol and its products, within 20 g of olive oil.
For this health claim to be applied, the consumer needs to be informed that the beneficial results can be provided by a daily intake of 20 g of olive oil.
Ο εγκεκριμένος ισχυρισμός υγείας για τις πολυφαινόλες ελαιολάδου [Επικαιροποιημένος (22-08-2017) Κανονισμός (ΕΕ) αριθμ. 432/2012 της Επιτροπής της 16ης Μαΐου 2012. σ. 33].
enKardia Ultra Premium and Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil contain 8-10 mg polyphenols in 20 g of olive oil, a quantity much higher than the limit. The protection of lipids of blood from oxidization helps to avoid the creation of atheromatous plaque or atheroma, which is related to cardiovascular diseases and brain function.
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Vitamin E (a-tocopherol)
Vitamin E contributes to the protection of cells by oxidant stress.
The health claim can be used solely for foods being a source of vitamin E, as referred in the health claim: “SOURCE [Name of vitamin/vitamins, and/or Name of mineral salt]”, presented in the regulation 1924/2006.
Ο εγκεκριμένος ισχυρισμός υγείας για την Βιταμίνη Ε [Επικαιροποιημένος (22-08-2017) Κανονισμός (ΕΕ) αριθμ. 432/2012 της Επιτροπής της 16ης Μαΐου 2012. σ. 16].
Although this is not common among olive oils, it is true for Enkardia ultra premium and premium extra virgin olive oil.
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Monounsaturated (MUFA) and/or polyunsaturated (PUFA) acids.
The substitution of saturated fat for unsaturated fat in the diet helps to maintain normal levels of cholesterol in the blood
The health claim can be used solely for food with high content in unsaturated fatty acids, as referred in the health claim of “HIGH CONTENT IN UNSATURATED FAT”, presented in the regulation 1924/2006.
Ο εγκεκριμένος ισχυρισμός υγείας για τα μονοακόρεστα και/ή πολυακόρεστα λιπαρά οξέα [Επικαιροποιημένος (22-08-2017) Κανονισμός (ΕΕ) αριθμ. 432/2012 της Επιτροπής της 16ης Μαΐου 2012. σ. 30].
This health claim is indicated for the presence of a certain percentage of monounsaturated fat, which all olive oils exceed.
The preservation of normal levels of cholesterol in the blood is crucial to our health.
The health claim refers to Enkardia Ultra Premium, Premium, and Traditional extra virgin olive oil.
The results of the analysis which take place in certified laboratories, show that Enkardia Ultra Premium extra virgin olive oil and Premium extra virgin olive oil fulfill the specifications, as instructed by law, for the indication of the health claims described above.