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Olive oil, good or bad?

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Created March 24, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Traditionally many paleo related blogs and persons have stated that olive oil is good for cooking but recently people have been claiming that you should ditch it with other vegetable oils and use lard, ghee or coconut oil instead. What is your take, is olive oil healthier than other vegetable oils or should it be avoided at any cost?

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on June 06, 2012
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http://paleohacks.com/questions/113142/can-we-put-olive-oil-low-smoke-point-myth-to-bed

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http://paleohacks.com/questions/113142/can-we-put-olive-oil-low-smoke-point-myth-to-bed

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on October 23, 2010
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I usually refer to MDA when looking for info on oils. He lists Olive Oil as 73% MUFA. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/healthy-oils/ All my research suggests we should be eating a mostly animal based diet. I guess it depends on the source.

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on October 23, 2010
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@ben: The MDA site shows macadamia as 75% MUFA, 10% PUFA http://www.marksdailyapple.com/healthy-oils/

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on June 04, 2010
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i usually avoid mac nut oil - just figuring it to be PUFA-rich like all the other, non-olive oils. Im wrong? Id be happy to know that, since the taste of good quality mac nut oil is super delicious.

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If you could add some sources to your post, I would accept it and you would get more reputation.

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on March 25, 2010
at 01:13 AM

These kinds of vacillations about whether we should eat particular products or not bother me. Cold pressed unrefined olive oil, when you cook with it, gets easily spoiled and may even develop toxic chemicals... that's what I hear. But uncooked olive oil put directly on your food is probably one of the cleanest and richest sources of energy you can offer to your body... it's all about monounsaturated fats! Hormonally neutral, anti-inflammatory, filled with flavinoids. Why would someone ever avoid it?

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on March 24, 2010
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Lard is worse than olive oil if your concern if omega 6s, unless you mean beef lard (aka tallow).

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on April 08, 2010
at 04:28 AM

The answer is simple. Never use olive oil for hi temp cooking, such as frying or sauteeing. Use it raw like on salads or for low temp cooking, such as boiling, making tomato sauce,etc. Even then you should only add it at the end, for culinary reasons as well as health reasons (oxidized olive oil loses its bouquet)

For sauteeing or frying, the only safe fats are unhydrogenated lard,tallow, schmalz, ghee, coconut oil and a few others.

Oilive oil oxidizes Quickly (goes rancid) at high temperatures, or if left in the bottle more than a few weeks. saturated fats do not oxidize/go rancid easily. Rancid oil is real bad for you.

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on April 14, 2010
at 06:36 AM

If you could add some sources to your post, I would accept it and you would get more reputation.

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on June 06, 2012
at 08:36 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/113142/can-we-put-olive-oil-low-smoke-point-myth-to-bed

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on March 24, 2010
at 06:52 PM

I don't cook with olive oil b/c it's not as stable as sat. fat and forms free radicals when heated. Coconut oil, butter and beef tallow are nutritionally superior. I certainly wouldn't put it in the same category as canola or other seed oils though. I sometimes use it on salads, but more often I melt butter with herbs and pour that over my greens- much more delicious!

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on May 07, 2012
at 10:11 PM

Olive oil itself does not have a low smoke point and should be fine for cooking:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/113142/can-we-put-olive-oil-low-smoke-point-myth-to-bed

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on March 24, 2010
at 10:10 PM

The real question here is, is it a a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids? Traditionally I also thought the answer was yes. I figured since I could only get conventional grain-fed meat, I would eat mostly lean meats, and then supplements my fats with coconut for saturated, and olive oil for monounsaturated at around 50:50 to as closely resemble the MUFA:SAFA ratio found in animal fat.

However I have also been seeing some more anti-olive oil, but it has mostly come from Dr. Harris, who I love but also have major cognitive-dissonance towards as he thinks plants and fruit are not essential but all my research suggests we should eat a mostly plant based diet (for longevity).

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on October 23, 2010
at 11:56 PM

I usually refer to MDA when looking for info on oils. He lists Olive Oil as 73% MUFA. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/healthy-oils/ All my research suggests we should be eating a mostly animal based diet. I guess it depends on the source.

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on March 24, 2010
at 04:12 PM

I still use Olive Oil for salads. My wife and I usually use ghee or coconut oil now for cooking. However when we are at in-laws, etc and are cooking we will use olive oil. I think its good to keep a rotation of the types fats you use for cooking.

Be careful of the temperature you use when cooking with olive oil.

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on April 07, 2010
at 05:41 PM

For cooking ? I would say no.

For salads ? Good.

As a mono unsaturated source ? Good but macadamia is better.

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on June 04, 2010
at 09:38 PM

i usually avoid mac nut oil - just figuring it to be PUFA-rich like all the other, non-olive oils. Im wrong? Id be happy to know that, since the taste of good quality mac nut oil is super delicious.

3a833804187fe8926214e6c0bd8a0766

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on October 23, 2010
at 11:51 PM

@ben: The MDA site shows macadamia as 75% MUFA, 10% PUFA http://www.marksdailyapple.com/healthy-oils/

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