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.
1/13/13 9:08 A
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
1/13/13 7:08 A
I typically eat 1T olive oil/day with nut butters making up the rest of my fat calories
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1/13/13 3:14 A
I use as much olive oil in my cooking as the recipe calls for or that I want to use.
1/12/13 10:48 P
Read about red palm oil. It is even healthier than olive oil and red palm oil can be used at high heat.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for sautes and anything I can... Light Virgin for baking (has a much milder flavor).
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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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