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What do they mean by "OO is good for you?"

Do they mean GOOD for you? Or less crappy for you than hydrogenated vegetable/corn oil? And if "good for you," HOW? Like...what does it do and how does it help....

I had to use about a tablespoon of Olive oil to cook some veggies in the iron skillet tonight and I usually use the spray stuff but we were out(like I'm sure the propellants are great for me ::)) At first I tried using water with veggie powder to cook it in cause I remembered somebody (L2A?)  saying she used veggie broth instead of oil....but I eventually had to relent and add the O.O. becasue it was smoking up the house like crazy!

It's still oil.  Oil is oil.  I think perhaps it is more heart-healthy?  Monounsaturated fats and all.  In terms of nutrients-to-calories, oil is no health food.

I usually cook with broth or water, or just a weeeee bit of oil.  I don't really have problems.  Try a non-stick pan?

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Google "Olive oil benefits."

Olive oil has good fatty acids that help increase good cholesterol and decrease bad cholesterol. It's also good for blood pressure and protects against cancers, and is good for digestive health. Your body NEEDS fats for brain function, healthy skin, and cushioning joints, and some vitamins are better absorbed in conjunction with oils. The nutrients in salad greens, for example, aren't absorbed as well if you use a fat free salad dressing than if you use a dressing with good fats.

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Like KMK said, it's high in monounsaturated fats, which are the kind you need.  If you're going to have oil, it's supposed to be the best, or one of the best.

On the other hand, I think some people avoid all processed oils and get their good fats from nuts and avocados and stuff, supposedly a more nutritious "package" for fats.  At least, that's my understanding of the super low fat diets like Eat to Live - but I might be mistaken.

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Like KMK said, it's high in monounsaturated fats, which are the kind you need.  If you're going to have oil, it's supposed to be the best, or one of the best.

On the other hand, I think some people avoid all processed oils and get their good fats from nuts and avocados and stuff, supposedly a more nutritious "package" for fats.  At least, that's my understanding of the super low fat diets like Eat to Live - but I might be mistaken.

Yes, this is what I was trying to get at.  I don't think oil is the best vehicle for fats.  I'm a big fan of using as little oil as possible and getting my fats elsewhere.  I think it's easy for people to misinterpret the olive oil health benefits as an excuse to consume more oil.  And I'm not really that concerned about my cholesterol that I think it would make an impact. 

Olive oil is 14% saturated fat as well.  Joel Fuhrman makes a pretty strong case against it, I think.  If you just eat larger quantities of vegetables, and get fats from nuts and other things, you will get more than enough nutrients in you.  I do occasionally use a flaxseed-oil dressing, which is good for omegas and such. 

But if you already use lots of oil, I agree, a switch to olive oil might be wise.

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Do they mean GOOD for you? Or less crappy for you than hydrogenated vegetable/corn oil? And if "good for you," HOW? Like...what does it do and how does it help....

I had to use about a tablespoon of Olive oil to cook some veggies in the iron skillet tonight and I usually use the spray stuff but we were out(like I'm sure the propellants are great for me ::)) At first I tried using water with veggie powder to cook it in cause I remembered somebody (L2A?)  saying she used veggie broth instead of oil....but I eventually had to relent and add the O.O. becasue it was smoking up the house like crazy!

Kinda off topic, but VHZ, you should get a Misto!  It's an olive oil sprayer that you put your own oil in (doesn't have to be olive, could be any oil) and there are no propellants--you pump it (kinda like a Super Soaker  ;D  ).  We got one, and totally love it!  I bought one for my parents and Josh's parents for Christmas.

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This isn't about oil, but in terms of cooking your vegetables, do you have access to one of these steamer baskets?  It fits into any size pot, pretty much.  They're only a couple of buck.

The Living and Raw Foods website had a good article about olive oil.

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that WAS a good article hh!  ;)b

I'm in KMK's camp (with others i think).  Olive oil is still oil and I try to limit it.  I do have a Misto and I love it! 

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+1 to what HH said.  Steamers are great.  You can still steam vegetables and not have to worry about sticking, then just put whatever sauce you were gonna put on them or whatever. 

I also remember reading about how people have this notion that a Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil, is more healthy and less overweight.  But the fact of the matter, according to Fuhrman, is that people in those countries used to simply eat more vegetables, and the oil was neither here nor there.  And nowadays they are just as overweight as the rest of us.

Yes, a sprayer may also be a good investment.  A nice light spray of oil is all you need.

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gosh it wasn't me. i load on the OO when I cook veggies!  ::)

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L2A, that's because you have a mega-metabolism!

I limit my oils when cooking.  I also love the steamers, although mine are bamboo.  I use olive oil for flavor - like most people do with truffle oil - not as an 'ingredient'.  Too many empty calories for moi.

I also have a Mr. Misto and love it.

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I use olive oil for flavor

Me too.  Extra virgin olive oil is really really really delicious.

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I use olive oil for flavor

Me too.  Extra virgin olive oil is really really really delicious.

Let's us agree to disagree. ;) Extra virgin is wasted on me. I'm a poet and I knoet.

http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2007/02/pleh.jpg

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Olive oil's health benefits mainly come from it containing a huge amount of polyphenols which fight free radicals, blood oxidisation, and blood sugar spikes. Healthy blood means less cancer and heart disease (aka Mediterranian diet). Polyphenols are also being proven to reduce osteoporosis.

A compound found in olive oil called Oleocanthal works as an anti-inflammatory on the body. Unrefined, olive oil contains phytonutrients that are very effective against harmful food-bourne pathogens like h.pylori which are even resistant to antibiotics.

Here's a nice long article about olive oil's many benefits: http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=132

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I use olive oil for flavor

Me too.  Extra virgin olive oil is really really really delicious.

Let's us agree to disagree. ;) Extra virgin is wasted on me. I'm a poet and I knoet.

http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2007/02/pleh.jpg

Word to you sistah. I have olives and all olive products.

edit: HATE*

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Olive oil's health benefits mainly come from it containing a huge amount of polyphenols which fight free radicals, blood oxidisation, and blood sugar spikes. Healthy blood means less cancer and heart disease (aka Mediterranian diet). Polyphenols are also being proven to reduce osteoporosis.

A compound found in olive oil called Oleocanthal works as an anti-inflammatory on the body. Unrefined, olive oil contains phytonutrients that are very effective against harmful food-bourne pathogens like h.pylori which are even resistant to antibiotics.

Here's a nice long article about olive oil's many benefits: http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=132

I assume, of course, this is when it is used in small amounts as an accoutrement, rather than as a medieval torture device for dough-based products.

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I assume, of course, this is when it is used in small amounts as an accoutrement, rather than as a medieval torture device for dough-based products.

:lol:

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I use light OO for almost every meal and I use it to replace every fat in cooking. Another benefit is that it can take relatively high temperatures when so it is good for stir fry and searing food. Your spray on canola oil will turn brown an burn at relatively low temperature compared to light OO. I see recipes here calling vegan margarine. That's hydrogenated oil. Any hydrogenated oil is worse as bad (healthwise) as butter.

Read this it tells of the qualities and characteristics of major cooking oils.

http://www.wholeliving.com/article/oil-change

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