How much olive oil a day?

Answered on October 07, 2014
Created October 06, 2014 at 10:24 PM

I tend to be a little shy about using olive oil due omega 6 being about 9% so I worry I'll mess my 6n:3n ratio if I go over board. I tend use coconut oil more freely.

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on October 06, 2014
at 10:43 PM

Olive oil is the only oil I use. 10% PUFA, 10:1 omega-6:omega-3… perfect? I think so! 

Usually 3-4 tbsp a day.



on October 07, 2014
at 03:31 AM

What happened to palm oil?  Matt you are becoming an old man, set in his ways, with no excitement in his life


on October 07, 2014
at 12:58 PM

Olive oil is the best oil you could use. The omega 6 content is minimal. This whole omega 6 thing has been blown way out of proportion. When omega 6 rich oils like soybean and corn oil (which are above 50% omega 6 I believe) are avoided, this is perfectly reasonable since these are very low quality oils. But when you start avoiding olive oil, which has about the same omega six content as human body fat, then you're taking it too far. By the way if you were to have an omega 6 free diet, you would develop deficiencies.

The body does need some linoleic acid (omega 6) in order to survive since you cannot make it. If you were to theoretically eliminate linoleic acid, you would have skin problems and also problems synthesizing prostaglandins and leukotrienes, which would cause some problems. Use as much olive oil as you like and feel free to drizzle it on everything. 

Source: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/nutritional_disorders/undernutrition/essential_fatty_acid_deficiency.html


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