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Olive Oil for taste and health

Olive oil in the kitchen for your health

Food will absorb less olive oil when used during cooking because when it gets hot it will expand in amount, thus requiring a smaller amount of olive oil. Olive oil can be reused up to three times. Many argue five times, but it is best not to use more than twice. Olive oil can transfer flavors from one food to another. It is best not to fry meats in it after you have fried fish. It can be helpful to keep a jar for meat and a jar for fish in the refrigerator, so they don’t get mixed up. Lastly, Olive oil may have a thick appearance but really contains no more calories sunflower oil.

Olive oil for health purposes. During the 13th century, doctor Amau de Vilanova for the Catalan royal family, discovered that a regular intake of olive oil could help the bodies vital functions. Later in the 20th century it was discovered by American doctor, Ancel Keys, that cardiovascular disease could be lowered by using a Mediterranean diet.

Modern nutritional research has proved that the Mediterranean people knew and used their instinct all this time. Heart Disease has been a big stumbling block of modern society, and is rapidly growing. It has been discovered by Dr. Keys and his followers that the people who live in the Mediterranean have better cardiovascular health. The first medical studies were done on olive oil in that area.

The researchers found that olive oil can reduce the risk of heart attack by keeping cholesterol levels in balance. It can also help reduce high blood pressure and prevent arteriosclerosis. More research was done later on for digestion, diabetes and cancer. Olive oil was beneficial to a lot of these problems.

One study involving virgin olive oil, included using two tablespoons daily until the positive effects were achieved like those of the Mediterranean people. 

Adding olive oil to you diet is simple.

To begin using olive oil in your diet simply sprinkle over salads with salt, use it for your sandwiches in place of butter, and put olive oil on toast and bread. Most all people in Tunisia, Morocco, Provence, Italy, Andalusia, and several other parts of the Mediterranean will be found eating raw olive oil with their bread. Many people like to enjoy Catalan bruschetta, It is made quickly by adding tomato to bread or toast.

To make Catalan bruschetta, simply rub a slice of bread with olive oil, sprinkle some salt, and cut a ripe tomato and rub it on bread and enjoy.  If you would like to add more to this basic recipe, just incorporate a topping that you like, such as, tuna fish, figs, olives, cheese, cooked ham, or anchovies.

Many other recipes using raw olive oil may include, thyme soup, authentic allioli, cold sauces such as romesco, and sopa de farigola. A complete Mediterranean diet has been shown to have many health benefits, not just from olive oil alone. 

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