Wednesday, February 10, 2010

WARNING! - Don't Heat Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I love cooking with extra virgin olive oil. Laddle a tablespoon or two into a hot pan on the stove before adding fresh veggies and garlic. How yummy does that sound?!

After watching the Steven and Chris show, I got the shock of my life. Extra virgin olive oil turns into a trans-fat when heated and worse, it can become a carcinogen after cooking with it! This does not apply to regular olive oil. (I included the overview of the program on the link, but it does not mention this tidbit - you have to watch the video of the show to hear the statement.)

Like many of you, I have heated EVOO. Well, no more. It's regular olive oil from now on and just drizzling cooked foods with cold, extra virgin olive oil.

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