Is Olive Oil a Good Fat?

Written by Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician

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Video Transcript:

Today’s question is about good fats, good, healthy fats for you to consume, and it is. “Do you consider good olive oil, a good fat to take?”

Yes, I love good, healthy, cold-pressed, raw organic olive oil, to be a fantastic oil for you to consume in a raw form.

The Caveat with Olive Oil

And so this is my caveat because I know a lot of people cook with olive oil and the way I kind of view olive oil, it should be in a raw, cold form. And so it’s not one of those oils that I recommend cooking with and even baking with. So this is my little caveat to how to kind of keep it in its most primitive, healthiest state, is to use it as a dip or as a salad dressing for vegetables and even a gentle marinade or sauce after you’ve cooked a good clean protein.

Good Fatty Acids are Good for the Heart

But olive oil is wonderful because of its fat content. It has all of the right kind of properties of good, healthy fats. It’s very dense in omegas and your omegas, especially omega-3, be good acid composition. The good fatty acids are wonderful for heart health. And there’s a ton of micronutrients that olive oil from olives brings into our diet, that we see individuals who come from the Mediterranean region and partake in the Mediterranean Diet where primarily olive oil is consumed in a raw form, have some of the healthiest hearts and cardiovascular systems on the planet. And there’s no coincidence that they’re consuming good, healthy olive oil.

Ways to Consume Raw Olive Oil

So, the important thing is to one, make sure you’re consuming it raw. I personally, and our family love to blend our olive oil with fresh basil leaves. I have an assortment of basil. I have a purple basil that we grow, a sweet basil. Sometimes I’ll do the two. So it’s this really pretty, purple and green color, but I will blend those up in a blender. I might add a little pine nut, a little Himalayan sea salt, and add in a few other spices. And that may be something I add on top of a hummus, a homemade hummus, or I might then add a little lemon juice and we might use that on top of fish that we’ve cooked on our Green Egg.

Healthy Fats Help Remove Unhealthy Fat

But olive oil is wonderful for your body. Good fats can be helpful in removing excess fat from your body, particularly when we’re dealing with any type of gallstone. So, good healthy fats consumed in a raw form, can actually help your body evacuate certain gunky fats in the system.

And we also find lymphatically, when we’re talking about lymphatic health, the lymphatic health is removing fat as well. And so good, healthy fats will help that process ease itself, so we have better transport and better mechanisms to remove that fat from your body.

I hope that’s helpful. I hope you reach for a good, healthy fat, and definitely don’t cook with it, eat it raw. Go clean, cold-pressed, raw, organic olive oil, is so wonderful.


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Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Melissa Gallagher, Naturopathic Physician, holds a Masters in Holistic Nutrition and a Doctorate of Naturopathy. In addition to providing expert guidance to Organixx, Dr. Melissa maintains a busy private practice in Texas. Her primary focus is working with individuals addressing digestive disorders, hormone balance, detoxification therapies, and primary and secondary lymphedema cases through lymphatic decongestive treatments.

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    • Great question, Adrian. Thanks for being here with us.

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  1. Can you explain why we should not cook with olive oil? Olive oil being a healthy oil has been drilled into our brains and your advice to not cook with it was surprising. It would be helpful to understand why and to have an alternative cooking oil. I don’t own any vegetable oil but I do have a vegetable shortening that is non-hydrogenated that will use cooking my stirfry, etc.

    • Hi Melissa B., thanks for your question.

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  2. I have no other oil in my house and have chosen olive oil to cook and bake with thinking that it is the much healthier chose. Is there something wrong with doing these cooking and baking with olive oil that would change the constituents to make it an unhealthy choice. What would be a better choice if so???????

    • Hi Kas, thanks for your question.

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  3. Interesting article, thank you. You don’t say what olive oil you would cook with. Be interested to know.
    Kind regards
    Rod Fleckner

    • Hi Rod, thank you for your question and feedback.

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  4. If you don’t recommend cooking with olive oil, what fat do you recommend putting in receipts, like baked items. What fat do you recommend cooking meat, eggs, sautéed veggies in. You said what not to do with olive oil. But you did not tell us what we should use.

    • Great question, Mary. Thanks for your feedback.

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