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to consume a litre of cold pressed unfiltered olive oil each week

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marryj Wed 03-Dec-14 16:51:11

I never cook with fat for health reasons and how fats can become very unhealthy when heated at high temps \ trans fats and all that. So I have an olive oil bottle on the table and we use it as a condiment. I just love it on most things. So between dh, dd and me we easily go though 1 litre a week. I thought it was a healthy habbit, fat is not the enemy and all that but my friend thinks that it sounds unhealthy.

Aibu thinking its healthy?

familymember Wed 03-Dec-14 16:58:27

Am watching with interest to find out OP.

What do you fry or roast with? I use olive oil because I'm too tight to buy separate oil, but would like to know the ins and outs of which is best. What are the differences between the different olive oils?

Interesting story on the news today about the Mediterranean diet being best for health - I'd love to try if I was a better cook.

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 03-Dec-14 16:59:44

There are 24,000 calories in that so the only real question is whether you are all active enough to burn that off.

Fudgeface123 Wed 03-Dec-14 17:00:29

It's a healthy oil although not sure in those amounts. If you're watching your weight then it's not great as it's high in (healthy) fats

TrinityRhino Wed 03-Dec-14 17:00:30

I'm the worst cook ever just before I ask this..

but doesn't it just taste like oil?

BadtzMaru Wed 03-Dec-14 17:00:31

According to this there are 119 calories and 13.5g of fat per spoonful of the stuff so I think I'm with your friend.

marryj Wed 03-Dec-14 17:05:21

Well when I fry I just use water, when I roast I do it dry or wrap in foil for something like eggplant.

Not looking to loose weight, I'm pretty active.

My stats are very different to yours, says it has 8000 cals in one l

squoosh Wed 03-Dec-14 17:08:05

Fry with water? Sounds odd and a bit grim.

I'd rather use some fats in my cooking than consume that much uncooked olive oil per week.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 03-Dec-14 17:11:26

It's good for you but a litre sounds quite a lot tbh. Greeks use it loads and iirc as a nation the numbers of heart issues they have is low , which is weird as they generally smoke a lot compared to the UK.

Its not really that good for you. Its better than large amounts of saturated fat but its still a large amount of fat.

TimelyNameChangey Wed 03-Dec-14 17:11:42

Trinity it tastes nice with a bit of salt on some lovely fresh bread. Or drizzled over salad with balsamic vinegar too.

OP it sounds a lot. We only use Olive Oil too but we don't get through near that amount. Do you fry a lot? Pour it too liberally?

strongandlong Wed 03-Dec-14 17:13:02

I think 8000 is closer. So 47g of fat and ~400 calories per day each.

Sounds OK to me.


The link I've posted suggests that its the overall Greek diet that is high in fruit, veg and wholegrains that is the key rather than the olive oil.

AnaisB Wed 03-Dec-14 17:14:31

you fry in water??

AnaisB Wed 03-Dec-14 17:16:20

How do you cook chips?

TheSpottedZebra Wed 03-Dec-14 17:16:31

A litre a week???
That's closer to 8200 cals.
Unless you have a very active life style, or have a very sparse diet in other ways, that is a ride lots amount.

Even if so, it's not that good to get so many calories from a relatively nutrition poor source.

TrinityRhino Wed 03-Dec-14 17:17:03

I'm gonna try it.

I might try frying in water too but I also might not grin

skinoncustard Wed 03-Dec-14 17:17:36

If you don't fry or roast with it I take it most is used as dressings/ drizzles ! It seems a lot between 2 adults and 1 child on probably 7main meals a week Not breakfasts? Snacks? Perhaps the odd lunch.
I am curious how you can use a litre a week.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 03-Dec-14 17:18:41

Chaz- having lived in Greece for years I can say that they generally eat much less fruit than we do in the UK, not sure about whole grains but definitely not ime- lots of while pastagrin

Greeks also tend to have fantastic teeth which I find ironic as ime dental hygiene isn't that great - genetics must play a big part.

Personally I think it has more to do with lifestyle and lots of sunshine wink

I'll have a look at the link.

TiggyD Wed 03-Dec-14 17:18:43

I think "frying with water" is actually called "boiling".

marryj Wed 03-Dec-14 17:19:25

Well I don't really fry, maybe soften an onion in water. Don't eat chips. Cut sweet potatoes into chip shapes, steam and eat with lashings of olive oil and some niace salt.

TrinityRhino Wed 03-Dec-14 17:20:53

Tiggy, I just nearly spat my juice out grin

TimelyNameChangey Wed 03-Dec-14 17:21:21

How much is "lashings" for one portion though? Is it three tablespoons? That's about what I'd use on a big bowl of veg or salad.

squoosh Wed 03-Dec-14 17:22:50

Sweet potato chips depress me. Sad soggy little things.

chickydoo Wed 03-Dec-14 17:23:07

We uses extra V olive oil for everything too.
Haven't used animal fat as such for cooking for 20'years.
(I occasionally use butter)
I always roast things with Oil, anything that needs frying is in olive oil etc etc.
I have no idea about the calories. We use about 300-400mls a week for 5 of us, So a fair bit less than you OP.
We are all slim here. (My BMI is around 18-19)
I am not sure about the health benefits, but we have good skin and all seem well ( keeping fingers crossed)

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