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Why Cooking With Olive Oil Might Not Be Healthy After All?

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Olive oil is great for health, but not for cooking. It is unstable with a low smoke point, which makes it rancid after a certain temperature, rendering its health benefits useless. Due to its chemical structure and large amount of unsaturated fats, cooking makes olive oil very susceptible to oxidative damage. So, skip it for cooking and use it on salads and dips.

Olive oil is a staple in the highly revered Mediterranean Diet, a theory that I personally identify with well. A Mediterranean way of eating is a diet that is rich in monounsaturated fats, also known as, the ‘good fats’. Olive oil packs plenty of punch with a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, phyto-nutrients, and antioxidants.

Monounsaturated Fats Like In Olive Oil Have Been Shown To

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Protect against heart disease
  • Reduce cholesterol levels
  • Aid in weight loss
  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Protect against breast cancer
  • Lessen oxidative stress

Overall it’s great for health, but not for cooking. Unfortunately, olive oil is an unstable oil with a low smoke point, which means it turns rancid after reaching a certain temperature, rendering its health benefits useless. According to Dr. Mercola, “Due to its chemical structure and a large amount of unsaturated fats, cooking makes olive oil very susceptible to oxidative damage.”

Have you ever noticed olive oil burn in the pan if the heat is too high? This is the oil turning rancid right in front of your eyes. Not only will its health benefits diminish, it can actually cause harm. Instead, choose an oil like coconut oil, which is very heat stable with a high smoke point, perfect for most cooking, baking, and roasting needs.

So skip the olive oil for cooking, instead save it for salads, dressings, and dips.

What Do You Think? Will This Change How You Use Olive Oil?

Janelle Casella
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Janelle is a Certified Health Coach helping women get nourished from the inside out with food and wellness tips that work. Janelle is based north of Boston but helps clients nationwide via phone, skype, and online programs. Janelle helps busy women restore health naturally for increased mental clarity, improved sleep, better digestion, management of autoimmune issues and natural weight loss. Janelle graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and teaches Nutrition courses at the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts. Her education and experience has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Her signature Nourish 21 online program is a crash course in nutrition that helps folks navigate through all of the contradictory nutritional information available while teaching the overlapping truths. To learn more about her work and her available programs please visit www.perfectlynourished.com.

Janelle Casella
Star Expert

Janelle is a Certified Health Coach helping women get nourished from the inside out with food and wellness tips that work. Janelle is based north of Boston but helps clients nationwide via phone, skype, and online programs. Janelle helps busy women restore health naturally for increased mental clarity, improved sleep, better digestion, management of autoimmune issues and natural weight loss. Janelle graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and teaches Nutrition courses at the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts. Her education and experience has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Her signature Nourish 21 online program is a crash course in nutrition that helps folks navigate through all of the contradictory nutritional information available while teaching the overlapping truths. To learn more about her work and her available programs please visit www.perfectlynourished.com.

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Malar Rethnam
Malar Rethnam 5pts

Yes. I remember Jamie Oliver stating that too in one of his cooking programme

Glenda Bachoe
Glenda Bachoe 5pts

As for me will use/eat wat I can afford, the rest, wateverrrrr.!! Now they say this is good n then thay say its bad.!!! Boy.!!\U0001f625\U0001f625\U0001f625

Victor Hugo Lechuga
Victor Hugo Lechuga 5pts

Sometimes you just confuse people, I used to like this page, but lately, you post non sense stuff.

Crix Cticket
Crix Cticket 5pts

Then maybe saute with olive oil and another oil,

Robert Weber III
Robert Weber III 5pts

I call bs, seeings as countrys the grow olive oil have higher life expectancies from using it more an cooking with it more.

Ritu Kumar
Ritu Kumar 5pts

I m really great full to u .Thnx Ayurveda

Srishti Singh Dhawle
Srishti Singh Dhawle 5pts

All my friends who think olive oil is healthy for cooking please read this ..... And it's a complete no for Indian food cooking....

Doris Dela Cruz
Doris Dela Cruz 5pts

So should we be cooking with Coconut oil...it comes in solid form like lard which is so good and unhealthy

Jaime Rivera
Jaime Rivera 5pts

I have been saying this for a while. You have to cook at very low temperatures on order for the olive oil to remain healthy which is very difficult to do.