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Frequent Olive Oil Consumption May Reduce Risk of Blood Clots

By MARY WEST New research found eating olive oil at least once a week was associated with lower platelet activity in obese adults. Since platelets are involved in blood clot formation, this effect could reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Olive oil is a vital part of the Mediterranean diet, which has been linked to cardiovascular benefits.  Platelets are fragments of blood cells that bind together when activated. When a blood vessel suffers harm, platelets rush to the damaged site to form a plug; however, this beneficial process can become a threat to health. Platelets also contribute to...

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Recipe: Butterflied Chicken with Herbs and Cracked Olives

Recipe: Butterflied Chicken with Herbs and Cracked Olives

By Alison Carroll photo credits : bonappetit.com    Butterflied Chicken with Herbs and Cracked Olives Serves: 8   Ingredients Crust 2 x 3.5-4pound chickens, backbones removed Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 6 garlic cloves, finely grated 1/4 cup Aleppo-style pepper 1/4 cup finely chopped rosemary 1/2 cup olive oil, divided half 1 cup green olives, pitted, torn 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup chopped oregano 1/2 cup chopped parsley, plus leaves for serving   Method The night before you plan to grill the chickens, place them on a work surface, breast side up, and open them up against the...

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Vegetables' health benefits increase when cooked with EVOO

By UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA Cooking vegetables in sofrito (sauté) with extra virgin olive oil favours the absorption and release of bioactive compounds of its traditional ingredients (garlic, onion and tomato), according to the study conducted by a research team of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences at the University of Barcelona (UB), from the Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition Networking Biomedical Research Centre (CIBERobn) and the Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Diseases Networking Biomedical Research (CIBERDEM), led by the tenure lecturer Rosa M. Lamuela. These results, published in the science journal Molecules, allow an insight on the mechanisms with which...

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Recipe: Mini herb, green olive and buttermilk cornbreads

Recipe: Mini herb, green olive and buttermilk cornbreads

By Olive Magazine photo credits : olivemagazine.com   Mini herb, green olive and buttermilk cornbreads Cooking Time: 45 mins Makes: 10-12   Ingredients 200g plain flour100g cornmeal or polenta2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon sugar1/2 teaspoon salt284ml buttermilk2 eggs (beaten with a fork)25g melted butter (plus extra for greasing75g gruyère cheese50g pitted green olives (roughly chopped)4 tablespoons mixed herbs such as basil, parsley and dill (finely chopped)    Method Heat the oven to 180C and butter the mini loaf tins. Mix the flour, polenta, baking powder, salt and sugar. In another bowl or jug, whisk the buttermilk, eggs and butter with 1 tablespoon of water,...

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Mediterranean Diet Linked to 33-Percent Lower Depression Risk

By MARY WEST Researchers from the U.K., Australia and Spain explored the link between the risk of depression and following a high-quality diet rich in plant foods like the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet). They found close adherence to the eating plan could substantially reduce the likelihood of developing the mental illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 8.1 percent of American adults suffered from depression in a given two-week period from 2013 to 2016. Symptoms include poor sleep and appetite, as well as low mood and a loss of interest in life. Because medication is only effective in...

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