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Recipes Using Salud de Paloma

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best olive oil for cookingSalud de Paloma extra virgin olive oil can be used in a variety of dishes, including salads, soups, entrees, appetizers and dressings. Click here to see recipes contributed by Latina bloggers from across the United States! If you’d like to have one of your recipes featured, please let us know by filling out our online contact form.

Americans have discovered what Italians have known for centuries: not only does olive oil taste great, but research indicates that it’s good for you, too. Over the past 20 years, the United States has become one of the world’s leading olive oil consumers. Every year we consume 20 percent more – the good news is that we now have a growing olive oil industry right here in own country, so we know we are getting the freshest and quality-certified product.

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What is Extra Virgin Olive Oil? Why Use It?

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what is extra virgin olive oilExtra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is top-quality olive oil with a natural acidity (expressed by oleic acid) of 0.8% or less. The olives are “cold-pressed” at low temperatures (below 30°C / 86°F), within 24 hours of being harvested. High temperatures extract more oil but destroy the flavor, freshness, and health benefits. By definition, all “extra virgin” olive oils must be cold pressed, but we still mention this on our label to indicate that no heat was added during the extraction process.

The term “virgin” applies to any olive oil that has been naturally extracted, without the use of chemicals. This oil is obtained only from the olive – the fruit of the olive tree – using solely mechanical or other physical processes that do not alter the oil in any way. It has not undergone any treatment other than washing, decanting, centrifuging and filtering. It excludes oils obtained by the use of solvents or re-esterification methods, and those mixed with oils from other sources.

Extra virgin olive oil also has to be certified by a panel that assesses the olive oil’s organoleptic (taste and aroma) characteristics and verifies that it doesn’t contain any defects.

We offer 100% natural, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil because we want to guarantee that Salud de Paloma is as fresh as the olive fields it came from, offering health benefits and delicious taste.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Improves Health

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Health Benefits

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True 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is extremely high in antioxidants and contains organic compounds known as phenols. Studies have shown that it improves cardiac health, helps lower blood pressure, protects against diabetes and certain types of  common cancers, eases symptoms of ulcers and gastritis, lowers gallstone formation, and lowers the concentration of “bad” cholesterol in the blood.

It’s also anti-inflammatory, which helps heart health and all types of arthritis. Recent studies have additionally shown that EVOO has a protective effect on bone density, slowing down bone loss in the aging and fostering healthy growth in children.

Always consult your doctor before making changes to your diet, especially if you are experiencing health problems, or you suspect you may have health issues.

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type-2 diabetes. In January of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 13.2% of Hispanics have diabetes, compared to 7.6% of Non-Hispanic Whites.

The National Council of La Raza recently published “The Food Environment and Latino’s Access to Healthy Foods” as part of their 2010 Profiles of Latino Health. Findings showed that Hispanic families are less likely than non-Hispanic White families to live in neighborhoods where healthy food is available and sold at affordable prices.