Aristoleo High Phenolic Olive Oils and Table Olive Awards is the international competition that measures the beneficial ingredients (phenols) found in olive oils and table olives. In 2022, the 7th edition of the competition was held in Toronto, Canada.
The beneficial ingredients measured are called phenols, with the main ones being oleocanthal, oleacein and their derivatives in olive oils as well as hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol and their derivatives in table olives.
These phenols are powerful micronutrients, with excellent pharmacological action, that belong to natural antioxidants, have significant biological activity and have been attributed anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardioprotective and neuroprotective properties.
The beneficial effect of polyphenols is officially recognized by the European Regulation 432/2012 that is in force, where these ingredients, when contained in a minimum concentration (limit), enable the olive products that contain them to acquire a Health Claim, with clear indication of health protective properties.
The international competition ARISTOLEO High Phenolic Olive Oil & Table Olive Awards 2022 is based on the measurement of the total amount of phenolic compounds, as measured by the NMR method (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance).
The results were announced on February 27, 2022 and showed that the organic olive oils and table olives by Sakellaropoulos Organic Farms are among the top worldwide regarding the polyphenol content and therefore ranked in the top positions of the competition, collecting 1 triple gold, four double gold and three gold awards, setting a new record in the measurements of the competition to date. More specifically, with the corresponding concentrations of phenols:
VALSAMIKES OLIVES - TRIPLE GOLD Award
SUPER EXTREME HEALTH AWARD - 3030 mg/kg
KALAMON OLIVES - DOUBLE GOLD Award
EXTREME HEALTH AWARD - 2960 mg/kg
FYLLIKON FIRST HARVEST - DOUBLE GOLD Award
HIGH PHENOLIC AWARD - 1469 mg/kg
AGOURELAIO EARLY HARVEST - DOUBLE GOLD Award
HIGH PHENOLIC AWARD - 1323 mg/kg
TELIES OLIVES - DOUBLE GOLD Award
EXTREME HEALTH AWARD - 2310 mg/kg
LEMONENIES OLIVES - GOLD Award
SUPER HEALTH AWARD 2021 - 1610 mg/kg
PORTOKALENIES OLIVES - GOLD Award
SUPER HEALTH AWARD 2021 - 1540 mg/kg
ARMONIA MONOVARIETAL - GOLD Award
HIGH PHENOLIC AWARD - 1118 mg/kg
It is worth noting that "Valsamikes" olives set a new record for the concentration of phenols (3,030 mg/kg), the highest value recorded in a commercial table olives sample that has participated in the Aristoleo High Phenolic Table Olive Awards to date.
It is also noted that in the table olives samples of Sakellaropoulos Organic Farms, the levels of hydroxytyrosol reached 2100 mg/kg and are about 800% higher than the average of the commercial samples of olives (244 mg/kg) that have been analyzed since 2005, based on the study conducted at the University of Athens and published in J. Agric. Food Chem. 2010,58, 46–50.
At the same time, the organic olive oils of Sakellaropoulos Organic Farms exceeded by about 500% the limit of 250 mg/kg, set by European Regulation 432/2012 and taken into account by the European Food Safety Authority, when in 2012 it officially recognized the positive effect of phenols on oxidative stress, creating a new Health Claim. It explicitly states that "Olive oil polyphenols contribute to the protection of blood lipids from oxidative stress”.
These results and measurements of health protective ingredients are the point of reference and the reasons why the organic olive oils and table olives of Sakellaropoulos Organic Farms have participated in the well-known American universities, Harvard and Yale, in the studies titled “Feeding America's Bravest” and “Olives for Health” respectively, which study the effect of their daily consumption on human health.
Equally important are the results of the two clinical studies of the University of Athens, which enabled the research team of the School of Pharmacy to convert the organic table olives of Sakellaropoulos organic farms in the form of encapsulated powder, with an international parent, for their beneficial effect in the regulation of cholesterol levels.
The announcement of these awards is a great honor for us, as it justifies our efforts for 30 consecutive years in the production of specialized organic olive products, which in addition to the international awards for their taste characteristics (408 total international awards), are awarded for the very their high content of health-protective ingredients, in a scientifically proven way.