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A New Warning About Olive Oil

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Clearly, consuming spoiled oil (of any kind) will likely do more harm than good.

To protect the oil, Dr. Moerck recommends treating it with the same care as you would other sensitive omega-3 oils:

  • Keep in a cool, dark place
  • Purchase smaller bottles rather than larger to ensure freshness
  • Immediately replace the cap after each pour

To help protect extra virgin olive oil from oxidation, Dr. Moerck suggests putting one drop of astaxanthin into the bottle. You can purchase astaxanthin, which is an extremely potent antioxidant, in soft gel capsules. Just prick it with a pin and squeeze the capsule into the oil.

The beautiful thing about using astaxanthin instead of another antioxidant such as vitamin E, is that it is naturally red, whereas vitamin E is colorless, so you can tell the oil still has astaxanthin in it by its color.

As the olive oil starts to pale in color, you know it’s time to throw it away.

You can also use one drop of lutein in your olive oil. Lutein imparts an orange color and will also protect against oxidation. Again, once the orange color fades, your oil is no longer protected against rancidity and should be tossed.

This method is yet another reason for buying small bottles. If you have a large bottle, you may be tempted to keep it even though it has begun to oxidize.

The Worst Cooking Oils of All

Polyunsaturated fats are the absolute worst oils to use when cooking because these omega-6-rich oils are highly susceptible to heat damage.

This category includes common vegetable oils such as:

  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Safflower
  • Sunflower
  • Canola
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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 90ís 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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3:31AM PST on Dec 3, 2014

thanks..

3:54AM PST on Nov 7, 2014

Olive oil in the headline. Coconut oil article though. Just be aware. Smaller bottles is a good tip.

9:22AM PST on Nov 5, 2014

I totally agree with Dr Mercola. BTW, The New York Times recently published an explosive article entitled “Extra Virgin Suicide.” It reports that much of the olive oil sold in your local supermarket is adulterated with cheap soybean and other inferior oils. That's very disturbing because most soy oil comes from genetically modified soybeans. Yuck! American supermarkets have become dumping grounds for these fraudulent oils. Yet it's almost impossible to police these shady foreign operators because they are beyond the reach of U.S. regulators.

Check this out...
NBC News reports that “fake olive oil is rampant.”

CBS News adds: “Consumers who think they're buying one of the healthiest foods on the planet often get something very different.”

“American grocery stores are awash in cheap, fake ‘extra virgins,’” confirms The Wall Street Journal.

A feature story on ABC’s Good Morning America was headlined, “Olive Oil Fraud Rampant.”

Forbes magazine warns: "Here's the hard truth: the olive oil in your pantry, the one you bought for its health benefits and for some sliver of the seductive Mediterranean lifestyle, is most likely a scam."

9:32PM PST on Nov 2, 2014

Agree with Ann M. about having to plod through four pages.
Still believe in extra virgin olive oil.

7:24PM PDT on Oct 31, 2014

Thanks

7:24PM PDT on Oct 31, 2014

Thanks

3:47AM PDT on Oct 30, 2014

Thank you :)

11:59AM PDT on Oct 29, 2014

worthy consideration

11:23AM PDT on Oct 29, 2014

Thanks but i dιsacree about what you say of olive oil

8:51AM PDT on Oct 29, 2014

Thanks for article. Just read an article a few moments ago on how coconut oil is bad for you. So conflicting stories on the same day.

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