Some Benefits of the Olive Oil

  • Olive oil is a rich source of different polyphenols like simple phenols, terpenes, flavones, hydroxycinnamic acids, anthocyanins, flavonols, flavonoid glycosides, lignans and hydroxybenzoic acids.
  • These polyphenols work as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in the body.
  • This plant oil is unique in terms of its fat composition. It is mostly made of oleic acid, a monounsaturated, omega-9 fat. It also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids as well as vitamins E and K. Plus, olive oil is naturally free of cholesterol and gluten.
  • Olive oil has favorable effects on brain functioning and reduces the risk of cognitive impairment. A 2013 study in France on older adults concluded that visual memory and verbal fluency improved immensely with intensive use of extra-virgin olive oil in cooking and as an ingredient in sauces and dressings.
  •  The American Chemical Society, found that a phenolic component called oleocanthal in extra-virgin olive oil helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The high monounsaturated fat content in olive oil can even slow down cognitive decline associated with diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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The Best Wine in the World is PORTUGUESE!

The magazine Wine Spectator considered the Port wine Dow’s Vintage, from 2011 harvest, the best wine of 2014.
The fourth and third position were also obtained by other two Portuguese wines from Douro River valley, the Chryseia (2011) and Quinta do Vale Meão (2011), respectively.
Check out the top 10 list here!

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Main Markets of Brazilian Pork Meat in 2014

Due the ban of American and European products from Russia, the exportation of Brazilian Pork Meat has boosted to this country in 2014.

In August of this year the increase was 16.2% in volume, but in terms of revenue the increase was 82.5% for the same period of the last year.

Here is the graphic of the main market of the Brazilian Pork Meat from January to August of 2014, the data are from the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein ( ABPA).

BRAZIL PORK MEAT

Global Sugar Deficit

Sugar will probably face the first shortfall in years, the main reason is Brazil, which accounted for 28% of global output last year and 57% of exports, which is facing the driest summer in at least 7 decades in the Center South region, damaging the crop and leaving the global sugar output in deficit.  

The forecast is that the global sugar output will be 900,000 metric tons below demand in the 12 months ending Sept. 30.

This shortfall could be worst as more cane is used to make ethanol, which is offering better returns due the growing domestic demand for fuel in Brazil.  

However the global demand of Sugar will reach a record 167.6 million tons in the year ending Sept. 30, extending two decades of increases that saw consumption surge 48%, according USDA.

The price of raw sugar has advanced 13% since the end of January. 

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Source: bloomberg