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Forums: January 2012 Kickstart Forum: good oil
Created on: 01/18/12 12:27 PM Views: 1304 Replies: 5
good oil
Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Avocado and olive oil are often said to have oils that are good for us. Why is that a commonly held belief and why isn't it true?
Thank you!

RE: good oil
Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Why are you under the impression that they are not?

Heidi

RE: good oil
Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

it's relative. Olive oil and avocado oil are better than generic vegetable oil which is better than partially hydrogenated oil. They're all still fats. And they are removed from their 'context' - olives, avocado, etc. Eating a few olives is better than olive oil. But even then, that's adding fat into your eating. If you're looking to lose weight or if you're trying to improve an insulin resistance situation (per Dr Barnard's research) then cutting most fat (staying under 10% of calories per day) is part of the target.

--Deb R

RE: good oil
Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Thank you for clarifying!

RE: good oil
Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 5:34 PM

The FDA's Qualified Health Claim for Olive Oil:

"Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil. To achieve this possible benefit, olive oil is to replace a similar amount of saturated fat and not increase the total number of calories you eat in a day."

Paraphrasing in my words: "Drinking a bit of olive oil is likely to be less harmful to your health than eating a half stick of butter."

Note: I can think of a whole bunch of foods that are less harmful to your health than a half stick of butter.

If you are into the seemingly popular game of "eat this; not that" then you should "drink olive oil; not eat butter".

But pouring a generous amount of olive oil on a salad because olive oil is "heart healthy" is silly.

RE: good oil
Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Even if you don't eat concentrated oils, you will still get fats in your diet. Interestingly, even lettuce contains fat (0.12 g).


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