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Question Time – Olive Oil?

As promised, here’s the first response in the new “Your Questions?” section.

Q – Is olive oil fine to consume if I am on a diet?

A – The answer to this is yes, it really is fine, and olive oil has some major health benefits. Studies have shown it can help protect you against heart disease and certain cancers. Plus Olive oil is a mono-unsaturated fat that also helps lowers bad cholesterol.

But just be aware that it still contains 9kcal per gram, and don’t be taken in just because a product says “light” olive oil, as it has the same number of calories as normal olive oil. The real difference is that the “light” refers to purely colour and flavour.

One last thing, when using it, try not to let it start smoking as this causes the oil to change its chemical structure. This can be very nasty for the body because it will clog the joints and arteries.

Thanks to Caroline M from Flackwell Heath, UK who posed this one.