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A New Warning About Olive Oil

Damaged omega-6 fats are disastrous to your health, and are responsible for far more health problems than saturated fats ever were.

Trans fat is the artery-clogging, highly damaged omega-6 polyunsaturated fat that is formed when vegetable oils are hardened into margarine or shortening.

I strongly recommend never using margarine or shortening when cooking. I guarantee you you’re already getting far too much of this damaging fat if you consume any kind of processed foods, whether it be potato chips, pre-made cookies, or microwave dinners.

Trans fat is the most consumed type of fat in the U.S., despite the fact that there is no safe level of trans fat consumption, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine.

Trans fat raises your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels while lowering your HDL (good cholesterol) levels, which of course is the complete opposite of what you want. In fact, trans fats — as opposed to saturated fats — have been repeatedly linked to heart disease. They can also cause major clogging of your arteries, type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems.

Personally I don’t cook very much but when I do I use Pure Virgin Coconut Oil as it is the most resistant to heating damage, but also a great source of medium chained triglycerides and lauric acid.

So, cleaning these oils out of your kitchen cupboard is definitely recommended if you value your health.

Related:
Guide to Cooking Oils
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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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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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