Mind-Body-Self – Olive Oil: Good Mediterranean Medicine


Olive Oil: Good Mediterranean Medicine

Research throughout the years continues to confirm that the Mediterranean style of eating has significant health benefits. This type of diet – one that limits processed foods and added sugars, and is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and heart-healthy fats – has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. While the Mediterranean diet’s nutritional benefits come from various sources, the generous use of olive oil is a key contribution. Extra virgin olive oil is widely recognized as one of the world’s healthiest oils and cooking with it can also boost the nutrients in other foods.

Olive oil of all types are high in monounsaturated fatty acids. When substituted for saturated fat, monounsaturated fats help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol. The health benefits of olive oil have been attributed to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The risk of cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and even dementia is reduced in people who consume higher amounts of olive oil than those who use little or none. Olive oil also may contribute to longevity, lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes, and improve bone health and brain health. Due to the way extra-virgin olive oil is pressed mechanically from ripe olives and processed without high heat or solvents, the chemicals in the oil (phenols) are protected. A higher concentration of phenols may in fact provide extra antioxidant effects, making extra-virgin olive oil the top candidate for “healthiest” olive oil choice.

Adding more olive oil to your daily diet is easy when there’s a fantastic source for flavorful oils and excellent culinary options that take full advantage of their availability: Golden Isles Olive Oil at The Market Place. Whether you want to stock your pantry and fridge with healthy ingredients or you are looking to enjoy a delicious but diet conscious meal out with a glass of wine, this is your one-stop spot for it all!

Golden Isles Olive Oil at The Market Place: Bigger. Better. More.

Come in and experience for yourself what everyone in the Golden Isles is talking about: the new, expanded Golden Isles Olive Oil at The Market Place, located at 1609 Frederica Road. 2023 brings a bigger footprint with more space. A larger restaurant with more parking, indoor and patio dining complete with olive trees, and a full bar stocked for craft cocktails and bountiful wines by the glass and bottle. The curated wine list includes extensive selections of red and white wines, as well as sparkling and dessert wines.

Feed The Soul.

The delicious offerings on the restaurant’s menu will be sure to fill seats throughout the year. It is ever-changing with dishes featuring seasonal recipes and ingredients, complete with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Come in the dining room or sit out on the patio to enjoy a full meal or stop by for appetizer-style small bites. No matter what you choose to delight from the menu, you will discover fresh, clean, good eats, seasonal recipes, and flavors. Start with an artisan cheese and charcuterie board. Finish with a decadent dessert.

If you’d rather eat at home or at the beach, there’s top cuisine available for take-out. Pick up a meal or enjoy concierge shopping. Make meals easy with choices from a take-and-bake menu of prepared foods or regular take-out options from the full menu.

“Pop-up” luncheon experiences have been a popular feature at over the years. During these special events, guest chefs prepare a custom-designed menu created around Golden Isles Olive Oil balsamic and extra virgin olive oil pairings. Each venue is a culinary masterpiece.

Shop The Pantry.

The new location also delivers a larger gourmet market for gifts and epicurean pantry items. It is the perfect spot to shop for the foodie, the chef, or the family member you want to impress. With over 60 flavors of olive oils and vinegars, there are flavor combinations to complement every dish. Visit for extra virgin olive oil tastings, balsamics, truffle, cheeses and charcuterie, spices, rubs, and marinade. You don’t want to miss this treasure trove of gourmet goodness. And when you need an exclusive gift for connoisseur clients and friends, Golden Isles Olive Oil at The Market Place is the island go-to for gift baskets. Elegant Island Living readers voted Golden Isles Olive Oil the place for “Best Gift Baskets” three years in row. Let them help you create the perfect combination of items that will be sure to impress.

Events Aplenty.

The precise point of Golden Isles Olive Oil at The Market Place is people having fun. It is the island’s “in spot” to take a break from shopping. Enjoy a wine tasting or relax with friends over glasses of favorite spirits. New to the scene in 2023 will be a supper club, and as usual, live entertainment fills the scene. From live music to food demonstrations, high teas, and guest chefs, check the calendar for events on the horizon. The Grand Opening is planned for January 15 with live music by sassy songstress Annie Akins from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Private events keep the island chatting, so don’t hesitate to plan some in 2023. Golden Isles Olive Oil at The Market Place is well-suited for private events and celebrations, wedding or baby showers, birthday parties, and private dinners. They’ll he happy to help you with your party, no matter the occasion. Celebrate in style!

Golden Isles Olive Oil at The Market Place • 1609 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island • 912.602.9736 • GoldenIslesOliveOil.com

Serving lunch & dinner with a full bar daily • Expanded Hours • Live Music

Mind-Body-Self - Olive Oil: Good Mediterranean Medicine originally posted on by Elegant Island Living magazine.

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