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A New Warning About Olive Oil

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A New Warning About Olive Oil

A common question that many people have is whether or not food should be eaten uncooked. I personally believe that consuming a majority of your food uncooked is a cornerstone of optimal health.

Typically, the less processed and heat-treated the food is, the more nutritious and healthier it is going to be. Nevertheless, most people prefer to cook their food, at least occasionally. When you do, you’re going to cook with some form of oil.

The question is, what’s the best, healthiest type of oil to use when cooking?

Dr. Rudi Moerck has studied oils for a long time, and offers some intriguing insights.

Cooking with Tropical Oils Your Healthiest Alternative

I have, for many years now, recommended coconut oil on the basis and the supposition that it doesn’t contain much unsaturated fat. As a result, it’s not going to be damaged by heat and create trans fats like some other oils. (Another tropical oil that is very similar is palm oil.)

Dr. Moerck agrees, saying:

“I would say that coconut oil is okay to cook with. It’s a saturated fat. Your body will burn it as fuel or it will get rid of it some other way. It won’t store it in your body. So from that point of view, if you’re going to use oil then that’s a good one to use.”

Interestingly, unlike carbohydrates, which can also deliver quick energy to your body, coconut oil does this without producing an insulin spike. Yes, it acts like a carbohydrate, but without any of the debilitating insulin-related effects associated with long-term high carbohydrate consumption.

But that’s merely the beginning.

Earlier this week I published an entire special report on the health benefits of coconut oil, which include:

  • Promoting heart health
  • Promoting weight loss, when needed
  • Supporting your immune system health
  • Supporting a healthy metabolism
  • Providing you with an immediate energy source
  • Keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking
  • Supporting the proper functioning of your thyroid gland
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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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5:37PM PDT on Oct 24, 2014

Coconut oil is good for some things but it is saturated fat no matter what they say.It is not good for you to consume in large amounts.

3:38PM PDT on Oct 24, 2014

It seems coconut oil is the best to cook with, which I've never heard before - I used to use it for getting a tan (!) until skin cancer became more well known.

9:39AM PDT on Sep 29, 2014

I use only Oliven oil for cooking and saladsauces, I consider it be healthier than the other oils one can buy

9:31PM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

this is good information. It would be nice not to have to plod through four pages though.

7:35PM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

too bad

1:42AM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

thank you

1:13AM PDT on Sep 22, 2014

I don't use much oil in cooking and often add olive oil over food after it's cooked. Mostly, I use coconut oil - also as a replacement of butter. Coconut oil has an endless list of uses in my home....

6:29AM PDT on Sep 21, 2014

What is all this scrub I wonder... It is all propaganda about olive oil. I understand, it's ok to promote your coconut oil but stop keep throwing mud to the healthy olive oil. Olive oil is best for cooking exactly because is damaged only in very high temperatures meaning 400 decreases Celsius. WHO COOKS IN 400 C TEMPERATURE????

3:58AM PDT on Sep 21, 2014

Noted

3:42PM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

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