Olive oil

OLIVE OIL — The Swapping Fats class will focus on ways to substitute olive oil for unhealthy cooking oils and creative ways to use olive oil in the kitchen.

The Haywood Cooperative Extension will offer a “Swapping Fats” cooking class on Thursday, July 25 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

The class, located at the Senior Resource Center on Elmwood Way in Waynesville, will focus primarily on swapping out unhealthy cooking oils for olive oil.

The Mediterranean-style eating pattern has been shown to promote health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases. This class will explore replacing saturated fats and other oils with olive oil.

Participants will experiment using olive oil for cooking, in dressings and marinades and will also do an olive oil tasting. They will also learn three simple rules for buying olive oil.

Class members will receive recipes, a “Swap Your Fats” handout and an Olive Oil buying guide.

Instructor Julie Sawyer is on the staff of Haywood Cooperative Extension, where her focus is on food safety, preservation and nutrition, as well as healthy lifestyles.

Swapping Fats costs $3 per participant, and registration and payment is accepted at the Senior Resource Center. Class size is limited. For more information, call 828-356-2800.

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