Olive Oil is not healthy?
We should eat food as grown. Restaurant food are delicious but as little as we know these foods contain high amount of salt, sugar and fat. This applies to all types of cuisines served in the restaurant regardless of Italian, Chinese, Indian or Thai. It is the salt, sugar and fat which makes them extra tasty. Before you know it, your blood pressure increases, and also gain more weight. This does not mean that one should never eat out in a restaurant. But try to avoid as much as possible because restaurant food is not healthy. One way we can try to eat healthier is by having a salad or a bowl of soup at home before going to the restaurant. This is so that we will not be famished and order as healthy as possible. For example vegetable soup or steamed greens.
Based on popular beliefs and claims, olive oil is heart healthy but in fact it is not. Both animal fats and vegetable oils are fats and they contain 9 calories per gram. A tablespoon of olive oil has 13.5g of fat, which also means 120 calories. As a result, even by consuming olive oil, you could end up gaining more weight. It is a mistaken belief that eating olive oil could help in weight loss. Actually, it is far worse because olive oil is a liquid fat and it will be stuck in the body.
Olive oil has some adverse health effects and mostly it contributes to obesity. Greece is the country with the highest rate of obesity among all the European nations. In the study of 54 overweight Greek women with a diet low in carbohydrates (35% of the calories) and high in fats (43% of the calories), fat biopsies showed that 55% of the total actual fat stored in their body came from olive oil.
In truth, olive oil contains extremely high calorie density at about 4000 calories per pound. It is also the highest calories among all the other food. Its ratio of omega 6 to 3 is poor (14:1) while the optimal ratio should be 4:1. Even though olive oil claims to contain low amount of saturated fat, approximately 14% but in fact the accepted health goal should be less than 7%. Preparing food such as salad with olive oil does not suddenly make it heart healthier whereas those greens are already perfectly heart-healthy on its own. Unhealthy food will not become healthier when olive oil is used on them, the way Mediterranean diet used to work. Unhealthy eating is still unhealthy eating.
Eating habits affect your blood as well. On a regular diet with rice and beans, blood will look clear and nice but after a meal with fat and oils, the blood will turn cloudy. This is because of the fats entering the bloodstream, a condition known as lipemia. Even though not everyone shows the same phenomenon because of the different ways of fat going through the bloodstream, but it is important to note that fatty food consumption is not healthy for your body. These foods could be cheeseburger, pizza and spaghetti alfredo dripping with oil and they affect the arteries, liver and heart without you realizing it.
Olive oil and all refined oils are actually not friendly to your arteries because the excessive saturated fats will stiffen the walls of the arteries and make them less responsive to nitric oxide, a compound which is responsible for the dilation of blood vessels to increase blood flow to the organs. In a study documented by Dr. Vogel which investigated the postprandial (after-eating) effect of the components of the Mediterranean diet on endothelial function, he found that olive oil decreased blood flow to tissues after the blood pressure cuff inflated and released. In other words, olive oil paralyzes the blood vessels from the normal dilation, and it is harmful for the arteries.
However, the same study also reported the beneficial components of the Mediterranean and Lyon Diet Heart Study diets as antioxidant-rich foods including vegetables, fruits and their derivatives, therefore concluding that the heart benefits of these diets are most likely contributed by a nearly vegetarian diet. Mediterranean diet will probably get healthier in spite of the olive oil and not because of it. Thus, it is crucial to not regard olive oil as a health food. It is not medically nutritionally, and it brings adverse health effects.
Olive oil should only be used for stir-frying and as salad dressings. Olive oil works good for stir-frying the vegetables and with seasoned vegetable broth, but one may also opt for a non-stick pan, in that way we don’t even need the olive oil. There are also other ways to make salad dressing without oil for example blending some vegetables, half an apple and orange slice could turn them easily into a salad dressing. Additionally, we could also add in a piece of avocado or a couple of walnuts for a little fat, so as flavoured vinegars to turn the salad into a tasty bowl.
Salt, sugar and oils are not health foods, they are taste treats. They become a problem because it is too easy to use too much of them in our food. High amount of salts, sugars and oils in restaurant or packaged food is the main cause for strokes, heart attacks, colon cancers and etcetera. A good piece of advice from nutritionally oriented physicians and dietitians is that we should practise a S-O-S-free eating lifestyles and salts, sugars and oils should be avoided as much as we can. This is because it turns out that even practising “moderation” could cause many health problems.