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Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Archive for the Category 'Healthy Diet'

Olive Oil for taste and health

Thursday, February 05th, 2009

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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Spanish Olive Oil For A Healthy Mediterranean Diet

Thursday, February 05th, 2009

Olive oil – beneficial to your kitchen and your health.

In the past there were many myths that extra virgin olive oil wasn’t healthy, until the fact became known that the exact opposite was true. In fact has become a accent of eating healthy.

Olive oil is made up of healthy organic oleic acid which is more easier than other fat containing acids, olive oil is beneficial. It consists of monounsaturated fatty acids which are about 75% of the monounsaturated fat found in oleic acid.

Another reason that organic extra virgin olive oil is healthy is because it has vitamins A and E that can prevent early aging. Olive oil contains phenols, which are high levels of antioxidants. They can be found to help buffer the oxidation process, and help save the properties of olive oil.

High temperatures will not affect the oxidation of olive oil like seed oils, therefore making it the best vegetable oil for frying foods. Frying is a widely used method for cooking that is used in Mediterranean dishes. Whereas many non-Mediterranean countries do not feel comfortable frying with olive oil, when a Mediterranean recipe calls for it. This plays a big role in the healthy Mediterranean diet as much as eating raw olive oil with salads and breads. 


Olives health benefit

Thursday, February 05th, 2009

Olives prevent cancer cell appearance and growth.

It has been found at the University of Granada that maslinic acid prevents cancer and regulates apoptosis in cancer growth. This ingredient is found in olive skin wax taken from the broken olive pulp.

Maslinic acid regulates cell growth and helps control the hypertrophy and hyperplasia process. This is beneficial in cancer treatment. Professor L. Cara from the department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Ph D student, Fermando Zurita found three advantages of Maslinic acid. The first is highly cytoxic, which is different from anti-carcinogenic products. Second, it is a less toxic and more natural compound that only acts on carcinogenic cells. Third, it prevents cancer appearance and has a preventative nature.

Even though Professor L.Cara studied the effect of maslinic acid for treating colon cancer, the acid can be effective in many types of tumors. This has only been tested on mice, but could easily be tested on humans in the near future.

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Heirloom Tomato Gourmet Salad

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Delectable Heirloom Tomato Salad

The Heirloom tomato salad makes use of five different varieties of Heirloom tomatoes, all at room temperature. Additional ingredients for this recipe include the following:

½ oz fennel, shaved
1 oz Point Reyes blue cheese
2 oz extra virgin olive oil
1 oz aged balsamic vinegar
5 small basil leaves
Fleur de sal (salt) and fresh pepper to taste

Trim the ends of the tomatoes so that the core is approximately one and a half inches thick. Using a small round cookie cutter, cut the cylinders of the tomato and reserve them in a mixing bowl.

Next, trim your fennel so that you will have just the bulb left. Shave the fennel bulb thinly using a mandolin. Place the fennel in ice water and allow it to crisp.

The next step is to add the oil and vinegar to the mixing bowl with the tomatoes. Toss this mixture well in order to coat each tomato thoroughly and evenly and season with salt and pepper to taste. Reserve the resulting liquid after tossing, which will be used for the tossing the fennel later on. Arrange the tomatoes in a straight line in the center of a plate, about one inch apart.

Plate the crumbled cheese in the spaces between the tomatoes. Take your fennel from the ice water and drain it well. Add it to the liquid from the tomatoes. Toss the fennel in the liquid and place it on top of the tomatoes. Finish up your plate by garnishing each tomato with basil leaves.

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