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  • The Mediterranean Diet is going out of fashion in the countries where it was once a daily regimen

    Extra virgin olive oil and Mediterranen Diet Extra virgin olive oil and Mediterranen Diet

    Global experts say the Mediterranean diet - long celebrated for its health benefits - is going out of fashion in the countries where it was once a daily regimen, and they're blaming the growth of fast food and mass tourism.

    Lluis Serra-Majem, head of the International Foundation of Mediterranean Diet, said it has decreased by 70 per cent in Greece over the last 30 years and 50 per cent in Spain.

    The diet is rich in starchy foods such as bread and pasta, fruit and vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, red wine, some fish, and a small amount of meat - and experts fear its devastating decline may be irreversible.

    Found to varying degrees in all countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, the diet was added in 2010 to Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list for seven countries - Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Portugal.
    It was praised by the United Nations for promoting hospitality, neighbourliness, intercultural dialogue and creativity.

    But experts are now exploring ways to revive it, from making it appealing to teenagers, to persuading people to buy fresh and sometimes costlier food in a period of economic crisis.

    Less than 15 per cent of the Spanish population still eats a Mediterranean diet, while 50 to 60 per cent do so sometimes.

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  • Extra virgin olive oil and nuts linked to weight loss

    Extra virgin olive oil and nuts linked to weight loss Extra virgin olive oil and nuts linked to weight loss | iloveaceite

    Extra "good fats" from nuts and olive oil in a Mediterranean diet may help older adults lose weight, or at least avoid gaining it, a Spanish study suggests.

    "Our hypothesis is that not all fats are the same; we have to differentiate fats from vegetables and fats from animal sources," said lead study author Dr. Ramon Estruch of the University of Barcelona.

    "Vegetable fat such as extra virgin olive oil and nuts help to reduce body weight when these foods are consumed in a healthy diet such as a Mediterranean diet," Estruch added by email.

    A Mediterranean diet typically includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and extra virgin olive oil. This diet also tends to favor lean sources of protein like chicken or fish over red meat, which contains more saturated fat.

    While some previous research has linked a Mediterranean diet to weight loss and a reduced risk of heart disease and some cancers, scientists haven't conclusively proven that the diet itself is responsible, rather than other lifestyle choices made by people who eat this way.

    Why ILOVEACEITE US is a different company?

    - As Spanish producers we provide extra virgin olive (PDO – without PDO) and virgin olive oil, even organic extra virgin olive oil. We work with a wide range of sizes, differents materials packaged with our brands or private labels. 100% original extra virgin olive oil 'made in Spain'.

    - With our many years of international experience, we can supply our extra virgin olive oil where and how our costumers want to. Efficiency, solvency, guarantee and quality products have allowed us to export to more than 20 countries such China, Ghana, Honduras, Paraguay, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Peru, India, Poland, Belgium, Japan, South Africa, France, Germany, Austria, Ireland among others.

    - As producers, traders, exporters and American importers we control the entire process of our products from the olive tree to our costumer table. 100% origin and quality.

    ILOVEACEITE US currently offers a ‘door to door’ extra virgin olive oil delivery service in the US market to save on costs.

    Source: Fox News

  • Dry tomatoes Chimichurri with extra virgin olive oil

    Dry tomatoes Chimichurri with extra virgin olive oil | iloveaceite Dry tomatoes Chimichurri with extra virgin olive oil | iloveaceite

    Preparation time: 15 min.

    Difficulty: Easy

    INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

    Extra virgin olive oil

    100 ml of vinegar

    8 dried tomatoes in oil

    1 tablespoon oregano

    1 tablespoon thyme

    6 red chillies

    3 green chillies

    ½ tablespoon ground cumin

    1 tablespoon chopped parsley

    4 cloves garlic

    Salt

    ELABORATION:

    Peel and chop the garlics. Wash peppers, open them in half and remove the seeds, chop them very small and toss in a bowl.

    Wash and chop the tomatoes very tiny; add them and the remaining ingredients to the dish. Put a pinch of salt and cover with extra virgin olive oil.

    Serve with meat or fish.

    Photo and text: gastromedia.es

  • Fresh veggies and fancy extra virgin olive oil are cheaper than even the cheapest USDA-recommended diet

    Fresh veggies and fancy extra virgin olive oil are cheaper than even the cheapest USDA-recommended diet | iloveaceite news | photo by @gastromedia Fresh veggies and fancy extra virgin olive oil are cheaper than even the cheapest USDA-recommended diet | iloveaceite news | photo by @gastromedia

    A new study out of the Miriam Hospital and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank says that fresh veggies and fancy extra virgin olive oil are cheaper than even the cheapest USDA-recommended diet.

    The study showed almost miraculous results, although none of them will be surprising for a native of countries like Spain and Italy, where such diets are still typical. Recipes were developed by Flynn at the Miriam Hospital, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. These were based on "plant-based olive oil diet recipes," and clients of the Food Bank were asked to use these recipes three times a week (they actually averaged 2.8 times a week).

    A diet based on fresh fruit and vegetables, along with extra-virgin olive oil, is perceived by consumers as an expensive option, but the reverse is true: a Mediterranean-style diet costs around $750 per person less per year than the USDA’s cheapest healthy recommendations.

    "Extra-virgin olive oil is also thought to be expensive," says lead author Mary Flynn, "but we suspected it was meat that made a diet expensive, and extra-virgin olive oil is cheaper than even small amounts of meat. We expected the two diets to be similar in fruit and vegetable content, but our plant-based diet was substantially cheaper, and featured a lot more fruits and vegetables and whole grains."

    Source: co.exist

    Photo by gastromedia

  • Seven foods that can help protect you against breast cancer

     
    Seven breast cancer-busting foodsIt´s estimated that breast cancer kills 12,000 UK women each year. And with more than 50,000 British women being diagnosed with breast cancer every year, it is important that you take every action to help prevent this disease.

    It’s well-established that your diet can significantly help reduce the risk of developing cancer. And growing evidence is showing that eating the right kind of foods plays an important part in helping to prevent breast cancer.
    Here are 7 foods that can help protect you against breast cancer:

    CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES: Cruciferous vegetables contain a group of substances, known as glucosinolates — sulphur-containing chemicals — which give these vegetables, like cauliflower, garlic, onions and cabbage, their bitter pungent flavour and strong fragrance. Studies have shown that glucosinolates help prevent DNA damage in cells and may also help induce the death of abnormal cells, which could reduce the risk of cancer.

    DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES: Studies have suggested that the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, found in dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, can help reduce the risk of breast cancer. A meta-analysis that reviewed the relationship between breast cancer and vegetable consumption, concluded that the consumption of fruits and vegetables high in specific antioxidants (known as carotenoids) and vitamins (specifically vitamins A, C, and E) may help reduce the risk of premenopausal breast cancer.

    BEANS AND PULSES: The long-running Nurses Health Study found that the intake of beans and pulses, like lentils and chickpeas, was associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. Apart from being loaded with nutrients like calcium, iron and B vitamins, beans and pulses also offer an excellent source of vegetable protein, which is especially beneficial when you are trying to avoid or cut down on eating meat.

    TOMATOES: The cancer-busting properties of tomatoes comes from their high antioxidant levels. Breast cancer expert, Dr. Tara Whyand, an oncology dietitian cancer nutrition adviser, says that consuming antioxidant rich foods like tomatoes, watermelon and papaya, which are all rich in the antioxidant lycopene, can help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

    EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: Extra virgin olive oil is filled with antioxidants and cancer-fighting phytonutrients. Antioxidants reduce oxidisation — which increases levels of free radicals that are known to cause cancer — in the body. A study, carried out by the University of Navarra in Pamplona, showed that women who added extra virgin olive oil to their meals had a 62 per cent lower risk of breast cancer, compared to those with small or no extra virgin olive oil in their diet.

    OMEGA-3 FISH OILS: In two studies, from the Zhejiang University and the APCNS Center of Nutrition, researchers looked at the anti-cancer effects of omega-3 fatty acids (found in oily fish). In total 800,000 women participated in these studies and the researchers found that those women who had the highest intake of omega-3, also had the lowest risk of developing breast cancer. The results showed that the women who had the highest intake of omega-3 fatty acids had a 14 per cent reduced risk of breast cancer compared to those who consumed less omega-3s.

    FLAXSEEDS: Flaxseeds contains lignans which are a primary source of phytoestrogens — oestregen-like chemicals found in plant foods. In a study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers reported that the antioxidant activity of phytoestrogens make them “strong candidates for a role as natural cancer-protective compounds.” The researchers added that countries with the highest consumption of phytoestrogens also tend to have the lowest cancer rates.

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