Health and Nutrition
There are many articles available on the internet about health and nutrition. Pastene sees your personal health and increased knowledge about nutrition as a real opportunity to help consumers make positive choices for themselves. On this page we offer you some carefully chosen links to articles and web sites that can help you see the benefits of a healthy diet and active lifestyle.
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Lycopene Health Benefits:
The "American Institute for Cancer Research" (AICR) has reported "Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, together with a group of related compounds collectively called the “red family,” has displayed anti-cancer potential in a variety of laboratory studies. In the laboratory, tomato components have stopped the proliferation of several other cancer cells types, including breast, lung, and endometrial."
The Mediterranean Diet:
The Mediterranean diet consists of a healthier balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and many studies have shown that people who follow this diet are less likely to develop heart disease.
Olive Oil Health Benefits:
An abundance of fruits, vegetables and beans provides the many different phytochemicals that protect blood vessels and guard cells against cancer-causing substances. Now, studies show that olive oil may bolster each one of these benefits. Originally, scientists thought olive oil’s primary benefit was its monounsaturated fat. "
Omega 3 Fatty Acids:
The health benefits of eating fatty fish that contain Omega 3 are substantial. While on going research is not conclusive, it does suggest that increasing your fish intake will bring desirable health benefits. Pastene's Tonno, Sardines and Spicy Tunas (all packed in olive oil) are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids.
Sunflower Oil Health Benefits:
Sunflower oil is the oil of choice for sauteing oil in Italy and a host of other countries. Chefs like the fact that the oil has a high smoke point (320° F, 160º C) and neutral flavor.
Basil Health Benefits:
Basil is a very popular herb in Italian and Mediterranean cooking. It's more than just a fragrant and flavorful herb; basil has had medicinal qualities attributed to it as well. In antiquity spices were used mainly to preserve and flavor foods. Some spices were credited with special healing properties and thus became sacred.
Beans and Other Legumes
If you're considering altering your lifestyle for healthier living consider legumes as a significant partner to your overall well being. Whole, cooked beans are low in fat and provide high-quality protein as well as vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and other phytonutrients.