LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th, there is one factor that is a common denominator touching everyone's heart, figuratively and literally speaking: food. However, with Hispanics and Latinos at increased risk of heart disease1, making heart-healthy food choices is important and a simple change like using a healthier cooking oil can help to make a difference. For this reason, CanolaInfo has partnered with renowned Peruvian Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist and award-winning author, Manuel Villacorta, to launch its Corazón Canola campaign with the objective of sharing traditional recipes that are prepared with canola oil, one of the world's healthiest cooking oils.
"Canola oil has the least saturated fat of any common culinary oil — half that of olive oil — and is free of trans fat and cholesterol," says the author of 'Eating Free, Peruvian Power Foods' and the bestseller 'Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet'. "Through Corazón Canola, we want to share how everyone can enjoy a tasty yet heart-smart lifestyle that includes our native countries antojitos when cooked with low in saturated fat and high in plant-based omega-3 fat, canola oil."
Authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a qualified health claim for its potential to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease based on its unsaturated fat content,2 canola oil is an easy way for Hispanics to take better care of themselves and loved ones when used instead of sources of saturated fat. Canola oil is also eligible for certification by the American Heart Association under the Heart-Check Food Certification Program3.
Villacorta's six delectable Corazón Canola recipes made with canola oil as well as fragrant Hispanic spices and sauces, fresh vegetables, lean meats and fish, and whole grains, are:
- Quinoa Salad with Aji Amarillo Dressing
- Green Bean Saltado
- Fiesta Rice
- Roasted Trout with Avocado-Mango Salsa
- Latin Fusion Sirloin Skewers
- Yuca Coconut Patties
Canola oil is one of the healthiest, most versatile and cost-effective cooking oil available. With its beneficial fat profile, neutral taste, light texture and high heat tolerance, canola oil is ideal for everyday use in just about any culinary application — from salad dressings, sauces and marinades to baking, sautéing and deep-frying.
For more information on Villacorta's recipes and the health benefits of cooking with canola oil, visit www.canolainfo.org.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a qualified health claim for canola oil in 2006 based on limited and not conclusive scientific evidence that suggests that eating about 1½ tablespoons of canola oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the unsaturated fat content in canola oil. To achieve this possible benefit, canola oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day.
For an interview with Villacorta or high-resolution photos, contact Ana Cerón by email at [email protected] or calling 310-473-4422.
- American Heart Association. Hispanics and Heart Disease, Stroke. April 2016
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Qualified Health Claims: Letter of Enforcement Discretion - Unsaturated Fatty Acids from Canola Oil and Reduced Risk of Coronary Heart Disease (Docket No. 2006Q-0091). October 6, 2006
- American Heart Association. Heart-Check Certification. December 2015
SOURCE Corazón Canola