Rita Rocha de Macedo (Nutritionist)

Olive oil & Mediterranean Diet

Olive oil is a vegetable fat rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E and beta-carotene, which provides its cardio-protective properties.

The Mediterranean diet has been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, considered the world's healthiest food model. Rather than a way of eating, it is a way of living that combines ingredients from local agriculture and recipes typical of each region, savoured with time and pleasure. A varied, well balanced diet, combined with regular physical activity, proper rest, plenty of water and social life around the meal and kitchen. This type of diet is associated with greater longevity and reduced risk of developing various metabolism related diseases (eg diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and some types of cancer, among others). One of its characteristics is the use of olive oil as the main source of fat.

Olive oil withstands high heat temperatures without degrading, it is mostly used in the cooking and seasoning of meals, but it can and should replace the butter used in bread with olive oil; exchange saturated fats with monounsaturated fats, protecting your heart.

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Rita Rocha de Macedo (Nutritionist)

Professional certificate 1320N