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  • TYPES OF EDIBLE VEGETABLE OILS
  • Edible vegetable oils are essential for maintaining the balance of lipids, cholesterol and lipoproteins that circulate through the blood and have a vital function in our body. Vegetable oils provide vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as essential oils that our body cannot produce. They also have the ability to highlight many of the sensorial characteristics of the food, such as the flavor, aroma and texture.
    Thanks to the great diversity of fruits and oil seeds that are found on the market, there is an extensive list of edible vegetable oils, the most notable of which are as follows:
  • Olive oils in their various categories:
  • • Virgin and extra virgin olive oil: oil that is obtained from the olive through physical means, without coming into contact with organic solvents or  temperatures less than or equal to 35ºC during its extraction.
  • • Olive oil: a mixture of refined olive oil and virgin or extra virgin olive oil.
  • • Olive pomace oil: a mixture of refined olive pomace oil and virgin or extra virgin olive oil.
  • Seed oils:
  • Seed oils are those oils that come from fruit or seeds in conditions that allow a bromatologically acceptable product to be obtained. The oils are obtained through extraction by physical means, a mechanical action or by using solvents. Seed vegetable oils may be sold under the name of the seed from which they originate, the most well-known being sunflower, corn and grape seed. There are also seed oils that are produced from a mixture of two or more oils from the aforementioned seeds.

  • THE BENEFITS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET AND OLIVE OIL
  • Our body needs a balanced and healthy diet which includes just the right amount of all nutrients. Fats are one of the most important nutrients because of their energy contribution, their presence in the development of cellular structures and because without them it would be impossible to absorb certain vitamins and minerals.
    Although certain fats are good for the body, it should be pointed out that not all of them are. Fats that are beneficial to the body and reduce dangerous levels of cholesterol in the blood are monounsaturated fats, such as oleic acid contained in olive oil.

    Harmful fats are those coming from animals or other plant seeds (coconut oil, palm oil, etc.) which increase the cholesterol in the blood and, therefore, all risks of circulatory and coronary problems including: myocardial infarction, drop in blood pressure and an enlargement of the blood vessels.

    When researching how to convert these nutritional recommendations into specific dishes and foods, nutritional experts rediscovered and praised the virtues of the traditional Mediterranean diet.

    After studying nutritional habits it was verified that the diet of various Mediterranean regions, made up of vegetables, legumes, fruits, fish, virgin olive oil and wine, could be the reason for the reduced cholesterol figures of the people in these regions in comparison to those of North America, English-speaking and Central European countries, who have a diet with a higher calorie content, that is based on animal-based fats and proteins, dairy products and sweets that are prepared with butter or butter-derivatives.

    The term Mediterranean diet, that arose from these studies, refers to a healthy diet, especially because of its beneficial effect on cardiovascular illnesses; and one of the essential staples show by the study virgin olive oil. The most recent studies confirm the existence of cardioprotective substances in Mediterranean food, of which the most significant are antioxidants and specifically Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

  • DECALOGUE OF THE VIRTUES OF EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
  • • It is a unique natural olive oil obtained by exclusively mechanical procedures.
    • It provides the highest amount of vitamins E, A and D.
    • It is the healthiest and easiest to digest.
    • Since it is a natural product, it is highly nutritious and is not fattening.
    • It is very economical since it may be reused several times.
    • It provides the best flavour for salsas, salads and stews.
    • Food is better fried since it can reach temperatures of more than 180 degrees.
    • Since it contains oleic acid, in its raw form extra virgin olive oil is beneficial for bone growth and the development of the brain and the nervous system.
    • It does not cause cholesterol and is wonderful for circulatory and cardiovascular illnesses.
    • It provides vitamin E which is very important for the skin.

  • RECOMMENDATIONS OF USE FOR THE OIL
  • Is it bad to reuse the same oil for frying?
    The same oil should not be used more than two or three times, since the repeated use of the same oil will cause it to partly lose its properties and nutrients.
    If we start with a high quality olive oil (from first cold pressing, pure olive juice), the oil may be reused more, between three or four times, since it is an oil with high nutritional quality.

  • Frying with olive oil:
    It is very important to chose a good oil when frying food and olive oil is what supports very high temperatures. Other oils are more vulnerable to high temperatures, since they have low melting points and may oxidize more easily and therefore trigger components that are harmful to one's health.

  • ALTERNATIVE USES OF OLIVE OIL
  • The use of olive oil is not restricted to a well-balanced diet, it also has other beneficial effects when used as follows:

  • Olive oil as an alternative shaving cream
    Olive oil may be used instead of shaving cream since it moisturizes and protects the skin.

  • Olive oil for beautiful hair
    Olive oil provides a natural look and adds brilliance to the hair when used as a hair mask.

  • Olive oil as a cure to stop snoring
    Certain experts assure that taking a spoonful of olive oil right before going to bed, may affect the muscles of the throat so as to prevent making this particular snoring sound.

  • Olive oil for constipation
    Daily consumption  on an empty stomach of a spoonful of extra virgin olive oil may alleviate constipation.