The olive oil potentiates the benefits offered by the vegetable The olive oil potentiates the benefits offered by the vegetable

According to a recent investigation made by the Universidad de Barcelona, this oil increases the properties of some vegetables such as garlic, onion and tomato.

A study carried out by the School of Pharmacy and Feeding Sciences in the Universidad de Barcelona, together with some other entities, concluded that the extra virgin olive oil facilitates the absorption and potentiates the benefits offered by vegetables and garden produce, and among these benefits, their antioxidant capacity.

Herein below, a healthy recipe from the National Institute of Heart, Lungs and Blood, of the United States of America, for making a good use of this ingredient.

Chicken hash


1 pound                 Shredded chicken breast

2 table spoons     Extra virgin olive oil

1 unit                      Chopped onion

1 unit                      Chopped green pepper

1 unit                      Chopped red pepper

3 units                    Chopped garlic

1/3 cup                   Tomato sauce

1/3 cup                   Chicken broth

1/3 cup                   Lemon juice

1/3 cup                   Water

1/4 table spoon    Cumin

C/n                         Laurel

1/4 cup                 Raisins

C/n                        Coriander

1 table spoon      Capers

2 table spoons     Olives


  1. Heat the olive oil at middle temperature, add onion, peppers and garlic.
  2. Add the chicken and fry between 5 and 10 minutes until cooked. Add the tomato sauce, the chicken broth, lemon juice, cumin, laurel, water and raisins.
  3. Cover and continue cooking at low temperature during 10 more minutes. For serving, withdraw the laurel leaves and include coriander, capers and olives.

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