I didn't see the article---but it is not providing the complete story and is misleading.
For heart health: no more than 35% of your calories should come from fat no more than 10% should come from saturated fat the remaining should be poyunsaturated or monounsatured...this is your olive oil. Other oils that are also good: corn, soybean, sunflower, safflower, etc.
So if you plan to use the olive oil---it should be to replace other highly saturated fats in your diet: butter, stick margarine, animal fats, fat in cheese, milk, etc. The olive oil should not just be added onto your diet---it must be a substitute.
Thank you all for your responses. Getting 240 calories from 2 little tablespoons every day was out of my comfort zone. But I did it yesterday without blowing my nutrition out of proportion, I didn't miss snacking on my cheese like I thought I would and I wasn't hungry at any point! No question that OO is a much better fat source than cheese so I'm going to make this modification permanent. Thanks again! Mary
Congratulations on achieving your goals! Very impressive and inspiring that you have done this at such at young age! You should be very proud of yourself.
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Yesterday I used 2 tablespoons of olive oil plus 1.5 tablespoons of natural PB. Most days 30-40% of my calories come from fat (normally 60-75 grams daily). Healthy fats mostly, so I don't worry about it too much.
Just read an article that 2 tablespoons of olive oil per day decreases risk of cardiac disease by 44% and provides a whole bunch of other benefits.
Thinking about trying to jump on that train but 240 calories from olive oil seems like a lot. I think I can cut out my dairy fat and most of my animal fat. But I don't think I want to cut out fat from nuts, avocados, salmon, etc. So my fat intake will probably go to 35% (or more some days) of my calorie intake.
Does anybody out there use 2 tablespoons of olive oil per day?
Any Mediterranean diet folks out there? I think that is 35 - 40% calories from good fat - mostly olive oil.
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