Olive Crazy: All About Olives and Olive Oil
Jun 192012

Olive Crazy Facebook Group member and contributor, Rick, has been asking himself some tough questions about olive oil. Here is what he posted on the Group page.

A friend sent me the article below suggesting that olive oil is not such a good fat after all, and I would like to get opinions from others. The article is from 2008 and two of the reasons are familiar: (1) the polyunsaturated oils are better than the monounsaturated olive oil, and (2) the oils with better percentages of Omega-3’s are better. I’ve never known how to respond to these two arguments.

I’m not so interested in the “oil is bad in general so therefore olive oil is bad” perspective since there’s really no way to respond to it. Also, even though the health benefits of olive oil are much-touted, I don’t eat olive oil primarily for health reasons; I eat it because I love the taste, the culture and the history. But my friend who is very involved in the “food as health” movement stopped eating olive oil after reading this article.

I’m particularly interested in the above two arguments as well as the claim that in the Lyons study about olive oil that it was canola oil being substituted for olive oil. Thanks for any thoughts on this topic.


If you have knowledge in the olive oil as bad or better fat area, Rick would love for you to comment here or at the Facebook group site and help him understand just what all this means. I’d love to hear from you too.

May the sun shine through your branches.


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