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Get Health Benefits From Sofrito

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 12:12 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Olive oil has been the liquid gold of Italian cuisine since 4,000 B.C., according to evidence found in an ancient pottery jar in central Italy. And it has been used for health reasons for millennia as well.

For instance, around 350 B.C., the Greek philosopher Aristotle declared that olive oil, as part of a topical rub, it could ease insomnia in elephants.

But we get a kick out of the writer Jane Wagner's pithy question about this lovely lipid: “If olive oil comes from olives, then where does baby oil come from?”

All joking aside, new research in the journal Molecules shows that if you want to get the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, you need to adopt the region's cooking methods too.

The researchers looked at the nutritional benefits of sofrito — a time-honored mix of onions, garlic, and tomatoes, along with veggies such as celery and carrots, that is slowly sauteed in extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) and added to everything from pasta and fish to steamed veggies.

They found that cooking in EVOO releases bioactive compounds (polyphenols, carotenoids) in those ingredients.

The result is that they are more easily absorbed and used by your gut biome and body, resulting in profound benefits to your heart health, insulin sensitivity, and conversion of white fat to brown fat (which speeds up your metabolism).

The tomato sofrito recipe researchers used included 3.5 ounces EVOO, 14 ounces onion, 1.4 ounces garlic, and a pound of tomatoes. But you can scale it to your own taste.

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