That perfect combination of seasonal vegetables and extra virgin olive oil. Pinzimonio is a food of… beauty!

May 8, 2024 | Blog edition

OLIVE OIL is as triumph. Of light, colors and smells. Our senses are engaged with no holds barred… It is its aroma that most envelops us with its intense, fruity flavor, precious for the benefits it offers us.

With the heat, there is a need for freshness and light foods that are at the same time rich in substances that restore what is lost through sweating which, especially when there is a high level of humidity, is more accentuated.

One of my favorite dishes this season is dip: it is a feast for the eyes and with its colors it brings joy to the table, it is prepared quickly, it is delicious and tasty and above all… it does not require turning on the stove! (which in the heat we try to use as little as possible). And then – a prodigy among prodigies – in addition to being an excellent food from a nutritional point of view (I would say almost therapeutic) it is also a food for our beauty.

 

In ancient times, the dip served as a “corollary” to important courses, thus reducing it to a purely decorative fact. With the passage of time it has taken on a new look. Today it is highly valued as an appetizer and, in some Italian regions, also as an end to a meal. And rightly so: dip is good and good for you.

PINZIMONIO is made from extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, sometimes with the addition of lemon. This simple mixture is used to dip raw vegetables: carrots, celery, fennel, pepper, tomatoes…

 

Raw vegetables in dip are a true explosion of taste and health: they delight and refresh the palate and are good for the inside and outside of our body.

 

We know well that extra virgin olive oil is a source of monounsaturated fatty acids, with a predominance of oleic acid. It promotes the maintenance of normal blood fluidity, reduces the amount of cholesterol associated with low-density lipoproteins (LDL or bad cholesterol) and contributes to the formation of important biological structures, such as cell membranes and lipoproteins.

Furthermore, the content of vitamin E, polyphenols and other unsaponifiables gives olive oil antioxidant, anti-free radical, biostimulant, hepatoprotective and slightly analgesic properties, properties which, together with the laxative and anti-gastric ulcer properties, make it a medicine “light”.

The nutrients in olive oil are essential for keeping skin healthy, young and elastic “from the inside”, as well as from the outside.

If the properties of olive oil are associated with those of raw vegetables, we understand why dip is a healthy food in all respects and exceptional for the skin.

First of all, the content of water and mineral salts make raw vegetables indispensable to counteract the heat and the effects of sweating: they hydrate us “from the inside”, and the effects are also clearly visible on the outside, with healthier and firmer skin .

Vegetable fibres, soluble or insoluble, are essential for accelerating gastric transit, giving a sense of satiety (to the benefit of the figure), nourishing the intestinal flora, reducing contact time with any unwanted “waste”, strengthening the walls of the intestine. Even in this case, the benefits for the body are many, and also affect our skin.

And then raw vegetables are rich in vitamins, trace elements (iron, zinc, selenium,…), antioxidants and other substances typical of each vegetable, which make them precious allies of health and beauty.

 

Celery and fennel, for example, are excellent diuretics, digestive and antihypertensive, so they have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular, digestive and renal systems. They intervene in the metabolism of fats and counteract water retention, with beneficial effects also on the skin.

Cucumber is refreshing, purifying, eliminates toxins and improves the activity of the liver, kidneys and pancreas. It has emollient, anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties, all of which are very useful if you have excessively exposed yourself to the sun: and these properties are valid both if the cucumber is used as a food or as a soothing topical remedy.

Pepper is very rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant and literally indispensable for many physiological functions, as well as to counteract the negative effects of solar radiation. Among the many functions that vitamin C has, I focus on its fundamental role in the synthesis of collagen, which makes blood vessels stronger and keeps the skin vital, firm and elastic, also effectively counteracting the effects of free radicals.

We continue with the tomato, rich in lycopene, an antioxidant substance that has many positive effects which also occur at a dermal level: it combats rashes and premature aging.

“A GOOD OIL IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT CHOICE “