For centuries,Mediterranean cuisine has depended on olive oil to enhance the flavour of many typical dishes.It can be used when frying,marinating,or seasoning food.
Researchers have long noticed that people who follow a traditional Mediterranean diet enjoy significant health benefit.Recently,nutritionists organised an International Conference on the Healthy Effect of Virgin Olive Oil.They concluded that the Mediterranean diet,including virgin olive oil is compatible with a healthier,longer life.A diet rich in virgin olive oil may help lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.''''In countries where the population consume a typical Mediterranean diet....in which virgin olive oil is the principal source of fat'''',the expert stated,''''cancer incidence rates are lower than in Nothern European countries.
There may be reasons for these health benefits.One of them is the high level of oleic acid[up to 80 percent] found in olive oil,which has a positive effect on the circulatory system.Furthermore,the abscence of chemical processing and preservatives means that olive oil retains the vitamins,monounsaturated fats,and other natural ingredients of the riped fruit.
Because of the antioxidant capacity of its monor components,such as vitamin E and polyphenols[aromatic compounds],olive oil also protects and tones the skin.Thus it is commonly used in cosmetics,lotions,shampoos,and soaps.