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Is there such a thing as too much olive oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 16, 2012 at 6:19 AM

I eat salad 2-3 times per day and try to drench it in oil for calories. A bit expensive but it seems to work. PHD suggests that MUFAs can be eaten in unlimited quantities. What do you all think?

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on February 16, 2012
at 07:57 PM

It depends on the batch, anywhere from 3:1 to 13:1 n-6:n-3. I was under the impression that omega 3 oils from plant sources don't cross the blood-brain barrier as effectively, and that is why we need animals to process them for us. I work with pregnant moms and new mothers, and in my training we watched a presentation about flax seed oil being useless in treating postpartum depression. I don't know how the specific n-3 in olive oil has to get converted to cross the blood-brain barrier, but in flax so much is lost in the conversion process that it doesn't do much for the brain.

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on February 16, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Isn't it also high in O3?

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on February 16, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Yeah I think it's from a reputable source. Opened another question about that recently.

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on February 16, 2012
at 03:06 PM

Because coconut oil makes a terrible salad dressing. It's solid at room temp.

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on February 16, 2012
at 12:21 PM

@Bruno, because the range of health fats does not begin and end with coconut?

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on February 16, 2012
at 07:08 AM

Any reason why you don't eat coconut oil instead?

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on February 16, 2012
at 06:51 AM

My weight is already low and I don't want to lose any.

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on February 16, 2012
at 06:25 AM

Why do you need the extra calories?

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on February 16, 2012
at 06:45 PM

Really: is there any food, healthful in moderation, that one cannot eat too much of? One thinks not, but one is open to contradiction.

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on February 16, 2012
at 08:37 AM

If you live in the US, here's a LA Weekly blog about the quality of olive oil over there. It doesn't seem to be good, with many premium "olive" oils mixed with seed oils.

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on February 16, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Yeah I think it's from a reputable source. Opened another question about that recently.

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on February 16, 2012
at 08:07 AM

Olive Oil is fine. It is high in Omega 6 though and so should be limited for that reason. Make sure you have a good EVOO.

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on February 16, 2012
at 11:17 AM

Lot's of people recommend to limit olive oil consumption, but actually if you go through high quality oils maybe from a single little farm, you will notice that the PUFA content varies greatly. I've found a brand which has only 6% PUFA in it, on average that's better than lard!

Plus, (quality) olive oil is loaded with vitamins. Such as vitamin e..very important one. And last but not least, olive oils fatty acid composition is similar to bone marrow. (oleic acid)

It's been used for thousands of years and if you don't fry with it, I guess it's really safe to use.

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on February 16, 2012
at 08:13 AM

If you have enough meat and seafood on your salads to keep your 0mega 3:0mega 6 ratio roughly 1:1 have at it. But, I suspect that would be difficult to do with that much reliance on olive oil.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on February 16, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Isn't it also high in O3?

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on February 16, 2012
at 07:57 PM

It depends on the batch, anywhere from 3:1 to 13:1 n-6:n-3. I was under the impression that omega 3 oils from plant sources don't cross the blood-brain barrier as effectively, and that is why we need animals to process them for us. I work with pregnant moms and new mothers, and in my training we watched a presentation about flax seed oil being useless in treating postpartum depression. I don't know how the specific n-3 in olive oil has to get converted to cross the blood-brain barrier, but in flax so much is lost in the conversion process that it doesn't do much for the brain.

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