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 disease , 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.