Why do Italians use more olive oil than people in the United States?
Cooking oils or fats are an important part of the diet for every culture. The fat used is usually the one which is available locally which is then incorporated into the culture. Mediterranean people use olive oil because olive trees grow there, Mexicans use lard, South Pacific people use coconut oil, Tibetans use yak butter, etc. Even though most people now have a variety of fats available they continue to use the ones they are accostomed to. Different oils do make an inroad if the price is compelling. Canola and sunflower oil are the most common oils consumed in the Mediterranean now instead of olive oil because of cost.
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