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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