Misconceptions about Olive Oil

This is a direct copy from Dr Fuhrman’s “Eat to Live Cookbook” and shows up yet another myth perpetuated by vested interest and poor science.

Eat to Live Cookbook

“No oil should be considered a health food. All oil, including olive oil, is 100 percent fat and contains 120 calories per tablespoon. Oil is high in calories, low in nutrients, and contains no fibre. Add a few tablespoons of oil to your salad or vegetable dish and you’ve added hundreds of wasted calories. It is the perfect food to help you put on unwanted and unhealthful pounds.

Oil is a processed food. When oil is chemically extracted from a whole food (such as olives, nuts, or seeds), it leaves behind (loses) the vast majority of micronutrients and becomes a fragmented food that contains little more than empty calories.

Foods rich in monounsaturated fats, like olive oil, are less harmful than foods full of saturated fats and trans fats, but being less harmful does not make them “healthful”. The beneficial effects of the Mediterranean diet are not due to the consumption of olive oil; they are due to antioxidant-rich foods, including vegetables, fruits, and beans, as well as lots of onions and garlic. Eating a lot of any kind of oil means you’re eating a lot of empty calories, which leads to excess weight and can also lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and many forms of cancer.

You can add a little bit of olive oil to your diet if you are thin and exercise a lot. However, the more oil you add, the more you are lowering the nutrient-per-calorie density of your diet, and that is not your objective, as it will not promote health and longevity”


2 Responses to Misconceptions about Olive Oil

  1. Norris says:

    Eating a lot of anything except for vegetables since they are so low in calories in the first place will make you gain weight, why did you single it out for dietary fat? Also monounsaturated fat is not less harmful, it IS a healthful form of fat, the kind of fat everyone should take in since it is one of the three macronutrients that human cannot naturally produce and must come from diet, and fat plays many roles in our body processes and well-being, in addition to supplying energy. Olive oil might not provide micronutrients and fiber, but just the fact that it’s largely composed of monounsaturated fat means it’s something nobody should try to shy away from. And it’s not like you cannot get those vitamins, minerals and fiber from elsewhere. Everyone has 1500 to 2000 kcal of food to consume each day, it all comes down to your meal plan and your macros, as well as getting in the micros from your veges, fruits and what not.

    • Thanks Norris for your comments.
      I agree entirely that our bodies require fats for healthy body function, however, the problem is that we get too much of it, especially if we eat processed foods.
      Also, Olive Oil is lorded as a “Health Food”, however this is all advertising spin and a total myth. It is not backed up by science.
      Now I am no expert, so why should you believe me? So please therefore take a look at the following Youtube videos and article by experts on eating for health. Hopefully these will explain my position far better.

      Dr Michael Klaper – Olive Oil is not healthy

      Jeff Novick – Oil to Nuts

      Dr John McDougall – Why do you avoid adding vegetable oils

      I look forward to hearing your response and thanks again for taking the time to write.

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