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Some Nutritional Aspects of Olive Oil

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The Mediterranean Diet (MeD) can be considered an example of how ideas about eating habits are changing. Until recently, the diet of Mediterranean Europe did not enjoy much prestige. At a time when height was considered to equate with optimal health, the average height of the Mediterranean people was believed to be indicative of poor diet. Some staple foods in that diet, such as olive oil, did not have a good reputation either, although the MeD originated in the countries that were the cradle of civilization. Nor were some of the cooking methods properly understood—deep-frying, for instance, one of the characteristics of the MeD (Varela & Ruiz-Roso 1992).

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Varela, G., Ruiz-Roso, B. (2000). Some Nutritional Aspects of Olive Oil. In: Harwood, J., Aparicio, R. (eds) Handbook of Olive Oil. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4757-5371-4_16

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