Some oils can prevent cardiovascular disease and can be a good source of energy, if consumed in small quantities, say nutrition experts. The best oils are palm, rapeseed or olive oil and can also be used for frying. Less recommended are those of sunflower, soy or corn which, consumed in excess, can lower the level of "good" cholesterol. Specialists unanimously recommend olive oil for its properties for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. "Olive oil contains an acid called oleic acid, vitamins A and E and phenolic compounds. It lowers the absorption of cholesterol from the intestines and diminishes the synthesis of cholesterol in the liver, ”mentions the university lecturer Lygia Alexandrescu, a nutrition specialist.
Consume oils in a raw state and not thermally prepared, as well as recommend nutritionists. Roasted at temperatures above 140 degrees, the oils are rinsed and decomposed into toxic compounds. The only ones that support higher temperatures are palm, olive or canola (a kind of rape). The amount of oil consumed daily should not bring more than 25% of total calories, according to nutrition experts. The oils can have about nine kilocalories per gram, which means that a few drops of oil in the salad or over the already prepared foods are enough.
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May 22, 2007