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A New Warning About Olive Oil

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Part of what makes coconut oil such a healthful oil for cooking is that 50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid. This is also one of the features that distinguishes coconut oil from other saturated fats.

Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties.

In addition, coconut oil is about 2/3 medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. These types of fatty acids also produce a host of health benefits.

Best of all, coconut oil is stable enough to resist heat-induced damage, which you cannot say for other oils. In fact, it’s so stable you can even use if for frying (although I don’t recommend frying your food for a number of health reasons).

I recommend using coconut oil in lieu of every other oil, whether your recipe calls for butter, olive oil, vegetable oil or margarine.

Important, New Information about Olive Oil

Extra-virgin olive oil is agood monounsaturated fat that is also well-known for its health benefits. It’s a staple in healthful diets such as Mediterranean-style diets.

However, it’s important to realize it is NOT good for cooking. It should really only be used cold, typically drizzled on salads and other food.

Due to its chemical structure and a large amount of unsaturated fats, cooking makes extra-virgin olive oil very susceptible to oxidative damage. However, during this interview I learned that extra-virgin olive oil has a significant draw-back even when used cold it’s still extremely perishable!

As it turns out, extra-virgin olive oil contains chlorophyll that accelerates decomposition and makes the oil go rancid rather quickly.

In fact, Dr. Moerck actually prefers using almost tasteless, semi-refined olive oil rather than extra-virgin olive oil for this reason.

If you’re like most people, you’re probably leaving your bottle of olive oil right on the counter, opening and closing it multiple times a week. Remember, any time the oil is exposed to air and/or light, it oxidizes, and as it turns out, the chlorophyll in extra virgin olive oil accelerates the oxidation of the unsaturated fats.

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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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9:39AM 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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4:50AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

Palm Oil & Olive Oil


One of the BASIC Principles of the "Mediterranean Diet" is PURPOSELY Olive Oil, that contains also Vitamin E, i.e.: also antioxidant properties!!
My husband, English, went to the Hospital in Dorset, UK, where his Father had just been saved from a heart attack, undergoing an operation in which a triple Bypass had been placed.
Heart attack had been the same cause of death for my husband's two Uncles and his Grandmother; & his mother being saved with a Pace-maker.

After his father's operation, at the Hospital, the English Cardiologist, ASKED my husband to immediately shift to a "Mediterranean Diet" & use Olive Oil, just for healthy living and in order to prevent Cardiovascular Diseases!!!

5:19AM PDT on Sep 8, 2014

There are many lovely Aussie brands of olive oil and so we buy those, also we use coconut oil which is nice.

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