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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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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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people are talking

Thanks Michelle for sharing the info. Good to know.

Good to know but i would still prefer to drink it .

gracias por la informacion

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