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Drinking olive oil

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Created April 26, 2012 at 4:32 AM

What do you think of the idea of drinking olive oil, say 400 calories' worth, at night if I'm still hungry? It's the cheapest calories I can get that seems reasonably healthy.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on July 02, 2012
at 06:25 PM

I know...isn't it depressing? I wonder if we can trust ANY frikkin' labels in the U.S. anymore. (Which is why it's best to stick with foods that don't *have* labels, like straight up fresh meat & veg, but you would like to *think* olive oil is olive oil. The fact that that is *not* the case shows how far off the map we are at this point.) Grrr!

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on July 02, 2012
at 01:14 PM

Is whole or dried coconut expensive in japan?

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on May 01, 2012
at 02:45 AM

How much do you drink? Do you chase it with water? Do you avoid other flavors for an hour after like Seth Roberts recommends? Do you use extra light olive oil?

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on April 29, 2012
at 01:46 PM

73% of olive oil sold in the US is not pure. You couldn't pay me to use olive oil to increase calories. As others suggested, use coconut oil if you're going to do this. http://www.slashfood.com/2011/04/14/almost-75-percent-of-imported-olive-oil-fails-quality-tests/

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on April 28, 2012
at 08:42 PM

It's not equivalent in the sense of macronutrients, that's not what I meant. But seeing as how this is a Paleo community, would consuming 30 bananas or 30 tablespoons of Olive Oil be Paleo? Probably Not. When would a Caveman ever come across that much of either in the wild? Plus, as much as no one here wants to admit it. Olive Oil is cultivated, it's not "exactly" paleo in the sense that I can walk outside and find it on a tree. (Yes, we can find olives, but how many olives go into a tablespoon of olive oil). I'm not saying to not consume olive oil at all, just be reasonable.

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on April 28, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Yeah, seems like taking the notion of "food as fuel" a bit too far.

736662d9fd6314d426cc6de1896aa045

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on April 28, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Have to say I don't find it disgusting at all. It's about 40-50 ml. Maybe certain people have a distaste for it, like sardines/liver.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on April 27, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Thank god for this. When we reach the point of drinking oil, we have likely gone too far.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 11:20 PM

Good idea, but it's not readily available in Japan, where I live, and probably not cheap when available.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 11:19 PM

And I don't believe in the food reward theory. I'm in the Gary Taubes camp.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 11:12 PM

Yeah. I eat a lot of eggs. They are pretty cheap as well. Coconut milk is cheaper than meat but not as cheap as eggs. Olive oil is way cheaper than eggs. I think I'll just put it over some shredded cabbage or something. Thanks for your input.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 11:09 PM

That's where I got the idea. Robb Wolf had a blog entry where he said if he were broke, he would just eat a lot of coconut oil. But in Japan, where I live, coconut oil isn't really any cheaper than meat. Olive oil, however, is much cheaper.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 11:07 PM

Food is pretty expensive in Japan, where I live, too.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 26, 2012
at 05:35 PM

30 bananas is 3000 calories.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on April 26, 2012
at 02:21 PM

I have also done it with no lasting negative effects besides people being squicked at me drinking oil. I switched to fish oil capsules for the cardiac bonus but other than having to slowly ramp up so that you don't have too much digestive disturbance I can't think of any issues.

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

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on April 26, 2012
at 12:54 PM

I think it is fundamentally not "nourishing" to eat raw ingredients like medicine when you can put together a meal with the same ingredients.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on April 26, 2012
at 12:50 PM

Marrow would be great as well, certainly better than milk, and in someplaces they are free. Just find a good butcher and always buy everything from him. I get free stuff, even when i live in the country that has one of the worlds most highest prices in foods (Finland).

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

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on April 26, 2012
at 12:49 PM

Here's a thread on "dirt cheap paleo": http://paleohacks.com/questions/75069/if-you-were-to-go-homeless-what-would-be-the-best-nutritious-but-cheapest-foods#axzz1t9NQ6gsq

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on April 26, 2012
at 12:49 PM

Whole coconuts would be good. Its not processed.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 10:47 AM

I did that a long time ago, but it stopped working for me. When it worked, it was amazing though.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 10:45 AM

The point is to nourish my body on the cheap. It is incumbent upon you naysayers to explain why it doesn't do that. Or at least, that's what I was hoping for.

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on April 26, 2012
at 09:02 AM

Totally true, I mean, there are people thinking olive oil is quality nutrition here! http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2556/2 vs http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fats-and-oils/509/2

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 07:14 AM

I mean "site." Doh!

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 07:12 AM

If you think potatoes are quality nutrition, that just goes to show that the spectrum of opinions on this sight is wide.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 26, 2012
at 07:04 AM

The SAD is probably more healthy than this idea.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 26, 2012
at 07:02 AM

Milk and potatoes are cheap, eat that. At least you're getting quality nutrition.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 06:44 AM

I am happy to amuse everyone.

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

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on April 26, 2012
at 06:33 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30Wr1jtDkWM

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

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on April 26, 2012
at 06:32 AM

exactly lol, 30 bananas a day sounds even saner to me at this point; drinking Olive Oil is insane

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 06:00 AM

Let me spell it out for you: I'm poor. :)

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 05:58 AM

How is it the equivalent? There are no carbs in olive oil.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on April 26, 2012
at 05:24 AM

If I were you, I would have no more than one tablespoon or two. And you can add some shredded carrot. And sesame seeds. And it's a salad! Or you can add some baked/roasted sweet potatoes and parsnips. And beets.

Just don't drink too much or it. If you take it in smaller doses, I don't see why not.

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D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on April 26, 2012
at 05:11 AM

That sounds gross and pointless (in my opinion).

870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

(2056)

on April 26, 2012
at 12:54 PM

I think it is fundamentally not "nourishing" to eat raw ingredients like medicine when you can put together a meal with the same ingredients.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 10:45 AM

The point is to nourish my body on the cheap. It is incumbent upon you naysayers to explain why it doesn't do that. Or at least, that's what I was hoping for.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on April 27, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Thank god for this. When we reach the point of drinking oil, we have likely gone too far.

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on April 28, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Yeah, seems like taking the notion of "food as fuel" a bit too far.

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on April 26, 2012
at 05:23 AM

Warm some coconut milk (aprox half a pint) mix in 20g of Kerrygold, 3 tsp of cocoa, a pinch of cinnamon then half a pot of double cream (aprox 50ml) and continue to warm on a low heat for ten mins. Thats just over 400kcals, tastes delicious has a high sat fat ratio and is great for testosterone boosting if taken around 10pm enhancing night time recovery. Not recommended if you are SAD.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 26, 2012
at 05:03 AM

Whatever floats your boat. I don't really see the point in drinking oil. Go buy some food.

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11838116de44ae449df0563f09bd3d73

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on April 26, 2012
at 12:29 PM

If it's cheap, it ain't 100% virgin olive oil. High quality coconut oil is much less expensive than high quality olive oil.

16e617676c5ac710e5235e0b773edc0b

(2640)

on April 29, 2012
at 01:46 PM

73% of olive oil sold in the US is not pure. You couldn't pay me to use olive oil to increase calories. As others suggested, use coconut oil if you're going to do this. http://www.slashfood.com/2011/04/14/almost-75-percent-of-imported-olive-oil-fails-quality-tests/

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91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

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on April 26, 2012
at 12:18 PM

I did this for about two months without any issues. I drank 2-3 tbsp morning and night. I was doing it to help gain weight and to try to relieve constipation. It didn't help me gain much weight, but it sure did make me poop and also made my farts smell horrendous.

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on April 26, 2012
at 11:39 AM

I just don't know if you'd actually be able to do it very often, doesn't sound palatable. I'd definitely try adding a TB here and there and definitely consider coconut milk, coconut cream additions if you can....I think you'll get more enjoyment and maybe even stomach it.

Even if you went so far as to indulge yourself with a mix of ghee, coconut cream, honey and coconut, toss in a bit of organic cocoa and roll in nuts....you'd probably stomach it better (yes, this is a cheat indulgent I use but in moderation since its really high fat)

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736662d9fd6314d426cc6de1896aa045

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on April 26, 2012
at 08:52 AM

I actually do this to suppress appetite - definitely works.

The theory is from Seth Roberts: http://blog.sethroberts.net/

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 10:47 AM

I did that a long time ago, but it stopped working for me. When it worked, it was amazing though.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on April 26, 2012
at 02:21 PM

I have also done it with no lasting negative effects besides people being squicked at me drinking oil. I switched to fish oil capsules for the cardiac bonus but other than having to slowly ramp up so that you don't have too much digestive disturbance I can't think of any issues.

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67715ec0a1d90085a5912e15adcc55da

on April 29, 2012
at 05:30 AM

I drink olive oil and have for several years (even prior to paleo) not only did I note an amazing cognitive response, but my skin (although it has never been an issue)saw tremendous benefits as well. the true benefit, especially for someone focusing on fitness through paleo is satiety with fats begins in the mouth unlike protein (gut) and the leptins (sp) quickly shuts of 'your' feed me desires-- this will allow you to make wiser food choices at the pantry.

Side Note** Several years ago, the oldest woman in the world (I believe 128??) who was Israeli, explained that she believed her secret to health and longevity was a result of her olive oil consumption. Apparently, for the past 40 years or so, she consumed roughly 6oz a day from a tumbler.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on May 01, 2012
at 02:45 AM

How much do you drink? Do you chase it with water? Do you avoid other flavors for an hour after like Seth Roberts recommends? Do you use extra light olive oil?

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870fdea50f2a9f1cd2890c8e22549300

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on April 26, 2012
at 12:45 PM

What do I think? I think it sounds pretty grim. It sounds like a recipe for deliberately minimizing the amount of pleasure you derive from your food. Why do that (yeah, food reward theory, yada yada, but you didn't say you were trying to lose weight)?

Have bigger meals during the day. Yeah, I get that you're poor. But you'd be better off, assuming that you have a source of cheap high quality 100% virgin olive oil, incorporating those same 400 calories into your current diet throughout the day. It would be so much kinder to yourself. Have a salad! Roast some vegetables! Make pesto!

I have no idea what's available at food banks these days. If it's not all macaroni and cheese and Twinkies, maybe you can find food there. A longer-term fix might be growing some of your own vegetables.

I understand the concept of thinking of food as fuel not entertainment, but this seems excessive.

EDIT: What about eggs? Saute two eggs in that olive oil. You can frequently get eggs for, what, 99 cents/dozen? Two eggs is about 150 calories for sixteen cents.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 11:12 PM

Yeah. I eat a lot of eggs. They are pretty cheap as well. Coconut milk is cheaper than meat but not as cheap as eggs. Olive oil is way cheaper than eggs. I think I'll just put it over some shredded cabbage or something. Thanks for your input.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 11:19 PM

And I don't believe in the food reward theory. I'm in the Gary Taubes camp.

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6f6afc913027d6972f4c40f2fe93db55

on April 26, 2012
at 06:37 AM

I don't see the point in drinking 400 calories worth of olive oil. I feel like their are less disgusting ways of satisfying a craving at night without spending much money.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 06:44 AM

I am happy to amuse everyone.

736662d9fd6314d426cc6de1896aa045

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on April 28, 2012
at 02:31 PM

Have to say I don't find it disgusting at all. It's about 40-50 ml. Maybe certain people have a distaste for it, like sardines/liver.

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73d0a192bf59741b084e12f0c49a4946

on May 23, 2012
at 03:44 AM

My mom worked for a guy who would drink a bottle of olive oil with his lunch every day, seriously. Apparently he was skinny as a rail somehow.

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1eeaff4097f33330456dc8c17904e1d8

on April 26, 2012
at 10:04 PM

Yeah, I've done that before. You can just pour it directly into your mouth from the spout, otherwise you'll waste 1/4 of it coating the glass you drink out of.

Alternatively, mix it with a few scoops of psyllium husk powder, a couple tablespoons of full fat cottage cheese, water, stir it up quick and chug it down. It's gross but will immediately kill any hunger pangs.

Just an FYI, though, chugging olive oil promotes a gag reflex even with expensive virgin olive oil, and you will probably have some GI issues if you do it on more than an intermittent basis.

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on April 26, 2012
at 01:29 PM

If you're going to do this make sure you have your omega ratios in check. Not a biggie if you're eating correctly on the whole, but consuming a dose of olive oil could push your over the n6 range.

Why not go for some macadamia or walnuts? Probably not as cheap (not sure if you meant that literally or metaphorically?) as olive oil, but at least you'd get some n3 in there, too.

If you're sweating the carbs, maybe opt for some omega-3 fish oil as a substitute.

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on April 26, 2012
at 12:39 PM

If you're going to go our for a hard night drinking. Have a shot of olive oil, the Mediterranean's would take a spoonful to coat their stomachs before going out to prevent a hangover.

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59e818af2184847f09c8a63a45adcdbb

on April 26, 2012
at 12:33 PM

Robb Wolf did this for a while, check his podcasts. He stopped doing it though.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 11:09 PM

That's where I got the idea. Robb Wolf had a blog entry where he said if he were broke, he would just eat a lot of coconut oil. But in Japan, where I live, coconut oil isn't really any cheaper than meat. Olive oil, however, is much cheaper.

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on April 26, 2012
at 06:13 AM

How about cottage cheese?

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 11:20 PM

Good idea, but it's not readily available in Japan, where I live, and probably not cheap when available.

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18d89478c2fbd0a69889ae094f5fa5d3

on April 26, 2012
at 05:56 AM

Why would you want to do that? It's the equivalent of eating 30 bananas a day...and we all know how that pans out...

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

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on April 26, 2012
at 06:32 AM

exactly lol, 30 bananas a day sounds even saner to me at this point; drinking Olive Oil is insane

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 05:58 AM

How is it the equivalent? There are no carbs in olive oil.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 26, 2012
at 05:35 PM

30 bananas is 3000 calories.

06cf0b860450445b9d399fcc1b2a053a

on April 26, 2012
at 06:00 AM

Let me spell it out for you: I'm poor. :)

18d89478c2fbd0a69889ae094f5fa5d3

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on April 28, 2012
at 08:42 PM

It's not equivalent in the sense of macronutrients, that's not what I meant. But seeing as how this is a Paleo community, would consuming 30 bananas or 30 tablespoons of Olive Oil be Paleo? Probably Not. When would a Caveman ever come across that much of either in the wild? Plus, as much as no one here wants to admit it. Olive Oil is cultivated, it's not "exactly" paleo in the sense that I can walk outside and find it on a tree. (Yes, we can find olives, but how many olives go into a tablespoon of olive oil). I'm not saying to not consume olive oil at all, just be reasonable.

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on June 18, 2017
at 10:45 AM

I use Olive Shot (oliveshot dot com) one tablespoon shot per day. Any more than 2 or 3 probably isn't great for you and will end up being excreted by your body. In a 1 or 2 tablespoon per day quantity it can be very healthy and benefitial. Reduces inflammation, lowers cholesterol, great source of Vit E for great skin, protects your heart, and lowers your risk of disease. You want to go for organic extra virgin olive oil ideally, it's more expensive but this is the only type of olive oil that contains any meaningful concentration of antioxidants. The cheap oils are almost certainly fake and have minimal health benefits - and they also taste gross.

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on July 02, 2012
at 12:11 PM

I guess it wold be OK if you could be SURE it was real olive oil. Seems to me the only stuff you can be sure about is way too expensive to just be drinking every morning. I'd go for coconut oil or ghee instead and use rendered animal fats and butter for cooking. I buy olive oil but I use it sparingly on my salads. It would really suck if you were unwittingly guzzling canola oil or something. Might be reversing all the good you are doing on your paleo diet.

http://www.foodrenegade.com/your-extravirgin-olive-oil-fake/

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on July 02, 2012
at 06:25 PM

I know...isn't it depressing? I wonder if we can trust ANY frikkin' labels in the U.S. anymore. (Which is why it's best to stick with foods that don't *have* labels, like straight up fresh meat & veg, but you would like to *think* olive oil is olive oil. The fact that that is *not* the case shows how far off the map we are at this point.) Grrr!

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on July 02, 2012
at 11:03 AM

-make mayonaise from olive oil and dip every veggy in it.

-eat/use everything from a bird. make broth from bones, if you know how to cook you can even eat the bones because there so soft.

-cabbage, cabbage and onions.

-look outside for eatable lettuce ,seeds etc.

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Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on May 23, 2012
at 01:38 PM

I'm not sure why there's such a backlash here. I agree that there are tastier and more pleasurable ways to get in some extra calories than tons and tons of olive oil, but Paleoish Dude said he was thinking maybe "400 calories worth." That would be approximately 4 Tbsp, right? (Give or take for the calorie/portion geeks out there.) I wouldn't call that drinking olive oil. Some people here swear by the Bulletproof coffee with butter in it, others drop a Tbsp of coconut oil into their coffee or tea. Purposely adding fat doesn't seem so alien around here. (Depending on one's needs and goals, of course of course.)

Again, I'm not saying 4 Tbsp of olive oil is the best thing to do every single day, but many of us have probably done a lot wackier things here and there, no?

(I do have to agree, though, that if you did this often, you'd be going through a lot of oil and that would defeat the purpose of looking for something cheap, assuming you would use a GOOD olive oil.)

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