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Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Fraud: Whole Foods, Rachel Ray, Safeway, Newman's Own, Colavita, Bertolli

I focus too intently for whom? For you? I love the flavor of olive oil too, and have small amounts of it as part of a healthy low oil lifestyle that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, exercise etc. You might ask why is any of my business that half the population in the US is now obese, and that those people mistakenly consume olive oil thinking that it is helping them, when it isn't. The reason is that spiraling healthcare costs due to obesity, heart disease and diabetes is bankrupting the country, (to the tune of 300 billion PER year,) so yes it is my and your business what people eat.! Olive oil consumption is part of that equation, although admittedly not the only part of course.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/18/health/...
http://www.healthyamericans.org/repor...
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-p...

Sep 18, 2012
Brahman in Food Media & News

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Fraud: Whole Foods, Rachel Ray, Safeway, Newman's Own, Colavita, Bertolli

Since the marketing of the benefits of olive, consumption has increased hugely over the past 2 decades. I think there is plenty of olive oil for you. I never said I don't eat or like olive oil, I just said that I take exception to the way it is marketed as a heart healthy, when it really isn't especially for those (the majority) who are already obese, and on high fat diets.

http://www.indexmundi.com/agriculture...

Sep 18, 2012
Brahman in Food Media & News

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Fraud: Whole Foods, Rachel Ray, Safeway, Newman's Own, Colavita, Bertolli

Thanks I will look through those but I have already spotted some mice studies in there =). I really didn't mean for this issue to blow up so much..I will just continue along my path. My LDL level is at 60, my HDL is at around 100, and my C-reactive protein is 0.6, I interval train for several hours per day, my body fat is less than 10%. I follow the advice of doctors such Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (The China Study), and John H. Vogel, M.D. who all say that the #1 cause of death in America can be virtually eliminated by reducing the consumption of non essential oils, and eating a largely plant based diet (plenty of fruits and fresh vegetables) with no ADDED oil. It is working very well for me at 40 years old, I take no medication, am very healthy and fit, and I don't cost the country anything in healthcare. In stark contrast to 90% of the people I know my age who are already on liptor, have prediabetes, are obese and think (due to marketing) that adding Olive oil to their already high fat diet will somehow help them. That's all.

Sep 18, 2012
Brahman in Food Media & News

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Fraud: Whole Foods, Rachel Ray, Safeway, Newman's Own, Colavita, Bertolli

What you are saying could be true, but how would anyone know since you have not shown any link to a study that contradicts my position? If you had provided any link to any study supporting your position rather than vague references then yes this would have been more meaningful and maybe you would have convinced me.

Sep 17, 2012
Brahman in Food Media & News

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Fraud: Whole Foods, Rachel Ray, Safeway, Newman's Own, Colavita, Bertolli

well why don't you show me one of these studies (that are not funded by the olive oil industry)? I have an open mind. Here is a <<5 year >>>study that shows the same heart damage in monkeys from olive oil as other oils: http://atvb.ahajournals.org/content/8...

and another that shows the olive oil has the same coagulation effects as butter:
http://content.onlinejacc.org/article...

Please enlighten me with your unbiased research that refutes all these studies. And just because they are few years old doesn't mean they are wrong. Is a study showing how cigarettes cause cancer done in the 1950's any less valid today?

Sep 17, 2012
Brahman in Food Media & News

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Fraud: Whole Foods, Rachel Ray, Safeway, Newman's Own, Colavita, Bertolli

You are certainly entitled to your opinion on what research is valid what research is not, and whether the post-prandial increases are important or not (even though they increase angina and promote damaging inflammation), but many would disagree with your interpretation. Anyway, I think the point really is that sure you can enjoy your bag of popcorn with butter once in a while, but you don't see any claims that is it heart healthy. Olive oil isn't that much better than popcorn butter, but you see claims everywhere about how heart healthy it is -which is simply not true...that is where I have an issue.

Sep 17, 2012
Brahman in Food Media & News

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Fraud: Whole Foods, Rachel Ray, Safeway, Newman's Own, Colavita, Bertolli

Well bob all you have to do is google "benefits of olive oil" and you will find thousands of claims about how heart healthy it is with very few mentioning how it contributes to heart disease just like all oils do. I agree that if you decide to pour gasoline on your endothelial cells then olive oil is better choice but is still gasoline. For people who are otherwise healthy sure a little olive oil probably won't hurt but this stuff is being sold as heart healthy with no warnings about vaso-constriction and inflammation associated with its use.

Sep 17, 2012
Brahman in Food Media & News

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Fraud: Whole Foods, Rachel Ray, Safeway, Newman's Own, Colavita, Bertolli

Hi there, this link gives a good summary and has sources at the bottom: http://www.thevegetariansite.com/heal...
Another source is from a man named Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D just Google him, he has seminars etc on youtube that will blow your mind regarding the effect of all oils including olive oil the arteries. Hope that helps you get started!

Sep 17, 2012
Brahman in Food Media & News

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Fraud: Whole Foods, Rachel Ray, Safeway, Newman's Own, Colavita, Bertolli

The whole olive oil industry is a fraud anyway. All excess oils cause inflammation in the endothelial cells lining your arteries, causing heart disease, PAD, and strokes. Multiple studies have shown that while probably better than consuming hydrogenated oils people who consume olive oil as a replacement for other oils have the same progression of arterial plaques. The studies that showed the Mediterranean people has less heart disease were based on many lifestyle factors such as heavy vegetable consumption, family support networks, low stress lifestyles, and moderate alcohol consumption etc, not based on consuming olive oil. The Olive oil industry has seen an unprecedented boom in business based on a myth.

Sep 17, 2012
Brahman in Food Media & News