I'm not referring to regular olive oil..I'm referring to Extra virgin olive oil. The label on the bottle even tells you it is for dressings.
Schmoozer, a lot of people are completely unaware that XVOO should not be heated. They think by using it, they are doing something healthful. But, they are unaware of how it reacts to heat and the process it initiates in the body.
The book I referenced is an amazing source of information. It is very technical, so if you don't have a science background, it may be a little hard to follow..but it is important information.
I am not telling anyone what to do..I, personally, follow the suggestions of the health gurus. Until I recently started baking, there was no sugar in my diet, at all.
I use Spectrum's Organic non-transfat shortening for baking or butter.
For sauteing, I use regular olive oil
If a recipe calls for a veg oil, I use canola
Most of the things I cook are only for my husband. My diet consists of large portions of veggies and fruit and a small amount (2 oz) of animal protein.
I have a slice of the quick breads I've been baking with green tea after dinner. That is my only sugar. I try to bake with whole wheat flour some of the time.
Originally Posted by Schmoozer
I have read exactly the opposite, that heating causes no problems. I won't say the same for over
heating because I personally don't know. However, people have been cooking with olive oil for thousands of years, and in Mediteranean countries like Greece, Italy, Turkey, etc., some of the healthiest and longest lived people are found - and they are certainly no strangers to cooking with olive oil. Like you, I try to eat in a healthy manner, and olive oil is part of my healthy diet.
If you're happy and comfortable not using olive oil for cooking, far be it from me to try to dissuade you from your beliefs, and I certainly don't want to start an argument. There are many ways to eat and live ... mine includes good olive oil and yours doesn't. Just out of curiosity, what cooking oils do you use, and what temps to you use them at?