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January 31, 2008 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Weight Control

The New Skinny on Olive Oil


I consider extra virgin olive oil the healthiest oil available and a fascinating, novel study gives us an additional reason to make this delicious fat a regular guest at mealtime, namely better appetite control.  Reporting in Gastroenterology (November, 2007) scientists found that oleic acid, the primary fatty acid found in olive oil, delayed stomach emptying more effectively than the fatty acid that predominates in vegetable oils (ie.kept study subject fuller longer).  Additionally, the oleic acid led to an earlier and more dramatic increase in the hormones CCK and PYY – both “power players” in reining in appetites.

The most healthful way to include extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) in your diet is in foods prepared cold, at room temperature or with low heat like pan sautéing.  Enjoy EVOO in your salad dressings, dip your whole grain bread in it, or drizzle onto your vegetables and pasta dishes after cooking.