Did you know that consuming 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil each day lowers risk of premature death by 26%?
There are many types of oil, and even a few types of olive oil. The only oil proven to lower risk of premature death is olive oil. And the only type of olive that has been shown to beneficial for health is extra virgin olive oil.
Extra virgin olive oil’s health benefits come from monounsaturated fats and phenolic compounds. Phenolic compounds are a type of antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds with an extra electron which they donate to free radicals in the body. Free radicals are destruction tissues in the body that lead to inflammation and oxidative stress. The role of antioxidants is neutralizing these free radicals and thereby reducing inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. Extra virgin olive oil does all this as well as decreasing cholesterol build up in the arteries that can lead to plaque formation, heart attacks and strokes.
Despite the incredible health benefits of extra virgin olive oil, the average American falls short of the recommended 3 tablespoons per day. U.S. adults consume an average of only 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil each week.
But consuming 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil daily sounds like a lot to ask. That is more than 20x more olive oil than the average consumption by U.S. adults. Americans have shifted to a diet of prepared food, and processed food, and have moved away from a diet rich in whole plant foods and extra virgin olive oil. Is there a way to reach the 3 tablespoons per day recommendation in the modern food environment?
There most certainly is! in this course, Dr. Cohen, a primary care doctor in San Francisco, shares with you effective and delicious strategies for eating 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil per day.
The course begins with an introduction to nutrition. Dr. Cohen explains how our food environment has made it increasingly difficult to eat healthfully. He proposes a shift back to preparing our own food, from fresh ingredients we buy, including a diet rich in extra virgin olive oil. Next, he’ll share with you the medical research that shows the benefits of diets rich in extra virgin olive oil. You’ll learn about the role of monounsaturated fat and antioxidants for promoting health. Next, he’ll share with you tips for meal planning, grocery shopping, and food preparation, to make consuming 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil easy and delicious. Finally, you’ll hear the answers to frequently asked questions, followed by a summary of the information presented.