What They NEVER Want You To Know About Olive Oil
This is very interesting – especially if you still think fat is bad! Remember there are Essential Fats- essential because your body can’t produce them and they are critical to healthy, fully functioning body. Read on…
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
Weight loss seekers are constantly on the lookout for the right foods to eat to lose weight.
So what do big FOOD companies do?
They come out with “light,” “fat-free,” and “reduced-fat” alternatives, geared towards people looking to lose weight.
And, if you’re one of the countless people looking to lose weight, you probably have picked up one (or more) of these products.
But you may have been duped by smooth advertising or deceptive marketing practices.
FAT is not what you need to worry about, it’s the white stuff – sugar – that may be the NUMBER ONE enemy to weight loss.
And fat, well, let’s just say fat has a LOT to do with how your body functions on a day-to-day basis, and is an integral part in the weight-loss process.
Fats, Olive Oil, and Your Weight
You see, big food manufacturers know your fears. They know that you believe that if you eat FAT, then you will gain weight.
So what do they do? They come out with products that are lower in FAT, but higher in sugar and other additives and fillers to bulk up the product.
If you were to compare a fat-free, light, or reduced-fat product label, you may be surprised to find out that the calories may be essentially the same – just LOWER in fat.
But they know that people don’t bother to read the labels – all they see are the words “light,” “reduced fat,” or “fat free.”
And that’s when they know you’re hooked!
But, as an educated consumer, you know better…
You know that fat is integral for not only weight loss, but for the health of ALL the cells in your body.
And you also know that too much fat – just like everything else – may lead to weight gain.
Now, the recommendations for fat: 30 percent of your daily caloric intake should be from fat. Most should come from poly and monounsaturated fats, and a small – but integral amount – should come from saturated fats.
Now, besides fat being integral to weight loss, it is also integral for filling you up – or leaving you feeling satisfied.
Studies suggest fat – like the kind found in olive oil – may increase serotonin levels, which is the main satiety hormone in the body.
One study showed that people who ate yogurt infused with olive oil, ate less and felt fuller after consuming the yogurt than the control group – which ended up eating – on average – 176 MORE calories.
And, the control group had lower serotonin levels than the yogurt consuming group.
Another thing that adds to the feeling of hunger, according to studies, is when your body uses the nutrients from food and your blood sugar starts to decline.
Now, when you include fat with every meal, it may slow the absorption of sugar from the blood, therefore maintaining blood sugar levels.
Another study showed that in some olive oil, there are two compounds that may be able to slow the absorption of sugar from the blood, therefore preventing a fast decrease in blood sugar, and the onset of the hunger feeling.
Take Home Message
Don’t be fooled by the labels “low-fat,” “reduced fat,” or “fat-free.”
Most of the time, these products have the same amount of calories – or more – and contain fillers and sugar. And worst of all, these products may not fill you up, leading you to eat more or something else, leading to an intake of extra calories.
However, including healthy fats, like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocados, for example, may provide your body with healthy fats your body needs for many processes in your body.
And in the case of olive oil, you may find yourself more satisfied after using olive oil than other products alone.
If you want a healthy fat – besides olive oil – that is both good for you and may provide heart health benefits, then a good high quality omega-3 fatty acids supplement may be for you!
Schieberle P, Somoza V, Rubach M, Scholl L, Balzer M; Identifying substances that regulate satiety in oils and fats and improving low-fat foodstuffs by adding lipid compounds with a high satiety effect; Key findings of the DFG/AiF cluster project “Perception of fat content and regulating satiety: an approach to developing low-fat foodstuffs”, 2009-2012.