View Full Version : Olive Oil - should it be limited?
06-22-2005, 09:53 AM
Lately I'm craving olive oil instead of avocado as my fat source. I'm trying not to use it profusely or abuse using it. But is there some irrefutable reason that I shouldn't use olive oil as my fat source?
Say maybe I put two tablespoons on my salad at lunch. That would be the extent to which I would consume it in a day's time.
Can anyone shed some light on this?
Oh yeah, I'm using cold pressessed extra virgin oil.
06-22-2005, 10:16 AM
Olive oil is very good for you. When I was in Spain I learned an old saying -
"Aceite de oliva - todo mal quita."
Which essentially means that olive oil helps to clean your system. I don't know all of its benefits but I wouldn't hesitate putting it on salads or using it in recipes.
06-22-2005, 10:45 AM
Thing is, if one uses something exclusively ~ as for you total fat source, eventually, you'll be wanting nuts, seeds or avocados.
Yanno, with the raw food lifestyle, one does not need to be so precise. Allow yourself to get away from that and just enjoy eating for a change! Your body will tell you what it wants, when it wants it as it cleanses and you become more in touch with it.
In the meantime, enjoy playing w/ your food!
06-22-2005, 11:42 AM
But is there some irrefutable reason that I shouldn't use olive oil as my fat source?I've never heard of a reason in the raw world to not use it -- irrefutable or not!
Just be sure you're using raw olive oil. Cold-pressed doesn't automatically mean raw. If you're not sure about that, you can search here for previous discussions on it ... or, if you don't have local resources, you can order it from Alissa's products page. It's the same brand I buy locally (well, in addition to the one I get directly from the grower at my local farmers' market).
As to what Revvell said - ditto. Variety is the key ... in addition to listening to your body. If you're eating pure, your body will tell you what it needs.
06-22-2005, 02:55 PM
I think the fact that it IS refined (like juice ,no longer whole) makes it not as pure than other fat sources like avo. However I use it ,love it and its easily digestible (for me at least) , and the Italians have used it as a "cure-all" for centuries ,so SOMETHING'S got to be right about it!
Sharon in Colorado
06-22-2005, 03:15 PM
There are 14 grams of concentrated fat per tablespoon of olive oil. That would be about the same amount of fat from a whole avocado. Just to put things into perspective if you are interested! :)
Edited to add, that 2 tablespoons of olive oil would be the equivalent of the fat from an avo.
Better olive oil, though, than mayonaisse or regular salad dressing!
06-22-2005, 03:33 PM
There is 14 grams of concentrated fat per tablespoon of olive oil. That would be about the same amount of fat from a whole avocado. Just to put things into perspective if you are interested! :)
WOW , I did NOT know that :eek:
06-22-2005, 03:58 PM
Thanks for the info. I don't think my olive oil is raw. I'm going to have to go foraging. I hope my natural foods market can special order some.
I love it too. And as I said, my body is craving it. It is craving other heart healthy foods like tomatoes and garlic and stinky onions lately.
As siempresam (http://rawfoodtalk.com/forum/member.php?u=1147) vbmenu_register("postmenu_40638", true);
"Aceite de oliva - todo mal quita." !!
06-22-2005, 08:18 PM
I just found a thread that talks about olive oil:
I just splurged on my first expensive bottle of cold-pressed olive oil and now it sounds like it's probably not raw!
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