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Nicole Moore Master Nutrition APD2 min read

Why we're so obsessed with olive oil

With the barrage of information out there today, it's easy to get confused by which oils are good for you, and which ones aren't.

For years we've been made to believe that using vegetable and seed oils like sunflower oil, canola oil, safflower and sesame oils are the better choices, because they don't contain saturated fat.

How wrong we were!

What's wrong with seed and vegetable oils?

Unsaturated fats found in vegetable and seed oils, when heated, tend to oxidize. In this form, they're more dangerous to body tissues and can trigger inflammation, a known risk factor for making blood-vessel plaques unstable enough to cause a heart attack.

Why are healthy fats better?

Saturated fats found in butter, Ghee, lard, tallow, and coconut oil are stable fats when heated, meaning they do not react with oxygen and form harmful compounds in our blood, which is better for our health!

They will not create inflammation and therefore lower our risk for heart attacks. Read here why inflammation is such a problem for our body's - it's stocking, really.

So why are we crazy about olive oil?

Olive oil is well known for its healthy heart effects. It reduces LDL cholesterol which assist with lowering your risk of heart disease, and improves good protective HDL cholesterol.

And despite being heated at high temperatures, it has a stronger resistance to being oxidised compared to other seed and vegetable oils. Studies show it can improve our health, as it contains oleic acid which reduces inflammation and may even have beneficial effects on cancer.

The bottom line

Olive oil will always be the winner at Defeat Diabetes, not only for it's taste, but just look at those benefits!

My advice is to buy extra virgin green olive oil as it has more nutrients and antioxidants that are protective for our heart. Just keep it in a cool dark place to prevent it going rancid.

Turns out grandma and grandpa were onto something. They lived to a ripe old age and were healthier than many of us today. They didn't go and cook their meats in vegetable oils they used lard and butter. So, it's time to strip it back to basics and go old school with your cooking.

Check out some of our recipes to get you started!

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