Too much Virgin Olive Oil Harmful?


Olive oil undoubtedly has plenty of benefits. It increases life expectancies, lowers the risk of heart diseases like High Blood Pressure and stroke, has lower MUFA fats. Also, recently, a research has shown that olive oil compounds have properties that can kill cancer in about 60 minutes.

But like any other edible article, over consumption of Olive Oil may too be harmful. It is indeed possible to get too much of a good thing. If you consume too much olive oil, even high-quality extra virgin olive oil, you expose yourself to several health risks
(Source: Live Strong)

Few of the harms could be:

  1. High-Calorie Intake: Like all oils, Olive Oil too contains calories; contains 120 calories per tbsp. That’s a problem, because if you don’t burn off those calories through activity, they’ll get stored as fat, causing you to gain weight, damaging your physical appearance and exposing you to all the health risks that come with being too heavy.
  2. High-Fat Content: While olive oil is better than animal-based fats such as butter or lard, too much of any kind of fat is bad for you. Excessive fat consumption — which the American Heart Association defines as fat consumption in excess of 35 percent of your total caloric intake — increases your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.Did you know that in a recent research, an artificial pancreas have been developed that fight diabetes far better than how insulin syringes can.
  3. Unbalanced Diet: If you eat far too much extra virgin olive oil, you may not be as hungry for the whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meats you need to thrive.
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Why do we crave for more, at McDonalds?


There are days, just like today, when I have this sudden craving for the Big Mac burger from the big yellow M, i.e. McDonald’s. And an ice-tea (or coke), along with fries is a must-to-have as soon as I enter through the glass doors! But has any of us ever wondered, why do we suddenly feel this rush, that compels us to order food in quantities, that we would have never had, had the food been from home?

Watch: How McFries are made!

Here is a timeline of what happens to our body, as soon as we dig into our favourite Mac. (source: Science Alert)

First 10 Minutes

Our brain has given us the signal to take the first bite into the juicy meaty buns, with layers of sauces, and fresh veggies. This first bite is the first taste of blood like for a lion. There is no going back, and only 540 calories worth of future ahead! Feel-good chemicals, like the neurotransmitter dopamine, are released into the brain, and you may catch yourself thinking: “This is a tasty burger.”

The next 20- 30 Minutes

This is the period when we start itching for more. The high levels of fructose corn syrup and sodium inside the bun leave us craving more of the same (and in the long term, this can lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease). Then the sodium – some 970 milligrams of it – causes dehydration and starts making the kidneys and heart work faster. Blood pressure rises, and you may well be tempted by a McFlurry or apple pie.

The 40 Minute Mark

The body is used to the grease already, and starts demanding for similar food, that has high sugar or salt content, like a chocolate. The gastrointestinal tract very quickly absorbs the high volume of fructose corn syrup we mentioned earlier, further adding to your hunger pangs.

Digestion during 50-60 minutes

Slow digestion starts in earnest. Food typically takes 24-72 hours to digest, but the grease and trans fat inside a Big Mac means the digestion time for the McDonald’s signature burger can easily go beyond three days.

Thus, try to keep the Big Mac to an occasional business only. This is precisely what leads to obesity and other health problems. This is not just for Big Mac, but all other food joints, that might give you the cravings to eat bucket load of food!

Also Read: Calorie count along with Bill, at the Counter

Big Mac Info

“Sir, the burger would be $4 and 900 Calories, please!”


Next time you visit an eating joint, you might as well hear the guy on the register saying, “That would be $4 and 900 calories, please!”

In a recent development, in United States of America, it has been mandated that every restaurant, pub and cinema chain should be displaying the calorie content of their food and drink. The same practice is already being followed by many joints in United Kingdom.

According to BBC :

Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA’s community well-being board, said: “We are calling on cinema, restaurant and pub chains to step up and show leadership in tackling the obesity crisis, by providing clear and graphic signs at counters and on menus.

“In many cases, people are unaware of how many calories they are consuming.

“Food and drink outlets should be doing more to provide clear and prominent labelling which spells this out clearly.”

Soft drinks are said to be the biggest contributor to the obesity problems in kids these days, around the world. The move should be a welcoming one, as now one can observe and record his/her calorie intake, even when eating out. Also, perhaps, out of sheer shyness, of public display of calorie intact, we may cut on intake as well!! Great move for ones under diet plans!