Speakers at the Oleocanthal International Society conference in Ancient Olympia, Greece in a group photo on a stage

This June in Ancient Olympia, Greece, the Oleocanthal International Society (OIS) held its third conference to discuss research on the health benefits of oleocanthal and other phenols in extra virgin olive oil, a key component of the Mediterranean diet. It attracted over 400 participants, including an unusual mix of scientists and olive oil producers.

Dr. Prokopis Magiatis, Dr. Eleni Melliou, and two others at the OIS conference

This Olympic year, the Oleocanthal International Society (OIS) inaugurated a new type of international olive oil competition at Ancient Olympia, Greece: an objective competition based on a chemical analysis of the amount of health-protective polyphenols in 565 extra virgin olive oils from Greece, Spain, Italy, USA, Cyprus, Morocco and Uruguay.

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