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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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9:50AM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

thanks for the cool suggestion.

2:04AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

thanks

7:33PM PDT on May 24, 2014

I cook in organic olive oil or organic coconut oil :)

7:22PM PDT on May 24, 2014

Excellent. Very informative.

11:08PM PDT on May 19, 2014

thanks

11:36AM PDT on May 19, 2014

I appreciate this fairly new thinking. I do love the flavor of cooking with olive oil in Italian cuisine. I will definitely use coconut oil from now on for cooking other things.. It would probably be ok to use olive oil in Italian if I am careful not to cook at too high a temp just to add the flavor for sauces. I am well aware of all the benefits of the use coconut for many things such as coconut water, skin preparations certain recipes (etc).

I do, however agree with Judith M and Nicholas K for their knowledgeable comments

8:32AM PDT on May 19, 2014

Now, Dr. Mercola, let me tell YOU something about PALM OIL, starting with expressing my shock that you even mention it as a beneficial oil.

Are you not yet aware of the alarming environmental devastation that palm oil plantations cause to the rainforests? Palm oil is now a ubiquitous ingredient in so many foods and other products, that the demand for it is responsible for massive destruction of rainforests in order to establish palm oil plantations. In fact, the rainforests are vanishing before the bulldozer at such calamitous rate that indigenous animal species are now, in several cases, on the verge of extinction. ORANGUTANS are one of these severely endangered creatures. Their habitat is shrinking as I write this.

In future, please consider all the ramifications of anything you recommend in your "health" articles. Palm oil may or may not bring benefits to an individual human, but the industry that produces and supplies it is bringing about a very serious condition to the biosphere -- e.g., the health of the planet and ultimately, to us human inhabitants. If you care nothing for Orangutans and other sentient beings, at least consider how the rainforests benefit us and how a substance mentioned by you is NOT beneficial.

4:28AM PDT on May 19, 2014

Check before use

5:08PM PDT on May 18, 2014

What next! Will there be anything left for us to eat. "who know's" Thank-you for sharing,Theresa R. Thank's a Bunch for the article Dr. Mercola.

4:32PM PDT on May 18, 2014

Thank you! (Now goes sheepishly to put bottle of olive oil back in cabinet and off the counter.)

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