Extra Virgin Olive Oil Nutrition
Is Olive Oil good for you?
This is a question that I hear almost daily, since those who follow our programs are often baffled by our lack of oils within the recipe book.
Let’s check out the facts
– Oils are not exactly “natural” foods. Oils are manmade and processed to death and do not occur in nature in the form that we consume them. You would have to eat quite a bit of olives just to get a tablespoon of oil! To get two tablespoons of Olive, you’ll probably have to eat a meal or two’s worth of olives! So there is a very wide gap between olive oil and the way it is contained in olives in nature.
– Oils are just as *natural* as sugar, which comes from sugar cane or beets. The concept is identical.. it takes a tremendous amount of sugar cane and a lot of processing to get just one tablespoon of sugar. Even though sugar comes from a natural source, it doesn’t mean it is good for us, especially when it is extracted from it’s source (i.e. removed from fruit, say, which contains the fiber which slows the absorption rate of the sugar as it passes through the body after consumption).
– Despite all of the support behind olive oil for heart disease, the world’s foremost authority on natural heart disease reversal, Dr Caldwell Essylsten, says NO OILS for optimal cardiovascular health. According to Caldwell Essylsten, all oils, including olive oil, cause damage to your endothelial cells within your blood vessels. These cells are very important, as they are responsible for contracting and expanding your blood vessels as well as keeping your blood running smoothly. Check out this short video below from Dr Essylten:
The idea is to eat whole foods plant based and oil does not fit this criteria. Oil apparently damages your epithelial cell wall in your veins which keeps things running smooth and allows your blood vessels to expand and contract properly. T. Colin Campbell explains this on his lecture on “how to be heart attack proof”.
All oils are basically liquid fat. They are empty of phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber. They contain only fat and calories. Oil is the definition of empty calories, food without nutrition. Check out this excellent short video with Jeff Novick discussing this topic, specifically on olive oil.
So where to go from here? There are plenty of no oil salad dressings to try. Get creative or check out some of our no oil salad dressing recipes.