According to statistics, 65% of calories consumed by Americans are from processed foods...WOW! Processed foods are NOT FOODS FROM NATURE...they are foods made in a lab. Processed="things" taken out or "things" added in...the "things" are usually some sort of "magical ingredient" the food industries have developed to make "food" taste better. Bottom line--lots of chemicals, preservatives and artificial ingredients...and our bottoms continue to get bigger and bigger.
In my opinion, olive oil fits right into this category. People are absolutely flabbergasted, to say the least, when I start talking about olive oil. First words out of there mouths are, "Olive oil is healthy for us....olive oil is heart healthy...we need the omega-3s in olive oil"....and it just goes on from there. Well, lets look at the facts:
- Olive oil is HIGHLY processed...I don't care what the front of the label reads...cold pressed vs. heat....it DOESN'T make any difference...it is a highly processed food. It does not come from nature.
- How many nutrients are we getting from using olive oil? Protein--0 Carbs--0 Fiber--0 Fat--14 gr. Omega 3--.1 gr Saturated fat--14% Vitamins--trace amt of E Minerals--0
- How many calories in olive oil? 120 calories per tablespoon--based on the above stats, 120 calories/tablespoon, 14 gr of fat, and absolutely no nutritional value....how many people use 1 tablespoon of olive oil when using it? Do the math....
How can this be?? We are constantly told olive oil is good for us.....but WHO is telling us this. Very important fact--know where your information is coming from! If it's coming from the source who is manufacturing the product, their MAIN GOAL is to SELL their product. This is where the marketing geniuses come in, and believe me, they are geniuses. Olive oil is NOT HEALTHY--it is FAT and it CLOGS your arteries. Period. Your arteries don't care if the oil comes from plants, olives, or animals.....it all has the same end result---arteries clogged with fat!!
Let's say you went to lunch and ordered a big salad with lots of vegetables. As many people do, you reach for the oil and vinegar---let's say you truly only use 2 T of oil on that big salad and you eat it. You can then say I only had a salad for lunch and think you ate very healthy. Now, let's say, you put a 1/2 cup of premium ice cream on that salad instead of those 2 T of olive oil....mixed up the salad with the premium ice cream and that was your lunch. Which salad had the least amount of calories and fat?
The salad with the ice cream had the lower numbers. Not that I would be eating ice cream, (dairy is a WHOLE different story), but, of course, who wouldn't eat a bowl of ice cream rather than 2 T of olive oil? OLIVE OIL IS NOT A HEALTH FOOD. Wondering about the omega-3s? You would need to DRINK 8 oz of OLIVE OIL to get your daily recommended amount. YUCK!!! One of the best sources of omega-3s can be found in flaxseeds. Grind up 2 tablespoons a day, put them in your oatmeal or smoothie.....met your recommended amounts of omega-3s for the day.
You do not need to use another drop of olive oil again. How could you possibly cook without it, you ask? The answer is very SIMPLE...most people like to start their sauteing of onions and garlic in olive oil...not necessary. Use a very small amount of water....yes water....in your skillet...keep a small glass of water next to you while you saute adding tiny amounts as needed. You will achieve the SAME RESULTS using small amounts of water as you would with the olive oil without all the calories and artery-clogging fat. YOU WILL NOT MISS THE OLIVE OIL or the detrimental effects it has on your body!! You have to try this for yourself....many people just do not believe me until they try this. They come back to me AMAZED that they DO NOT MISS the oil....AT ALL.
So, what have you got to lose....instead of reaching for that olive oil bottle, get your water ready and begin cooking. Of course, you also could use vegetable broth in place of the water in tiny amounts, but you don't have to. I'm telling you, water works!!
You have nothing to lose EXCEPT the calories and artery-clogging fat........