don't eat extra olive oil

Report #6373 11/18/94
At the recent meetings of the American Heart Association in Dallas, 
Dr. Christopher Gardner of Stanford analyzed 14 studies and reported 
that there is no advantage from using olive oil over any source of 
unsaturated fat, such as corn, soybean, sunflower or canola oils. 
The average American can prevent heart attacks best by reducing his 
intake of all fats. 

Greek and Italian farmers eat a lot of fat, but have a low incidence 
of heart attacks. Ten years ago, Scott Grundy of the University of 
Texas reported that olive oil may be what protect them. However, 
Greek and Italian farmers also eat a lot of fruits and vegetables 
which contain many different chemicals that help to prevent heart 

You certainly don't want to take in extra meat, chicken, dairy 
products and tropical oils because they contain saturated fats which 
raise cholesterol more than any other component in food. You 
certainly don't want to replace vegetables and beans such as corn 
and soybeans with corn and soybean oils because the extracted oils 
contain high doses of polyunsaturated fats which lower blood levels 
of the good HDL that helps to prevent heart attacks. You certainly 
don't want to take in extra olive oils because they contain large 
amounts of monounsaturated fats which are dense sources of calories 
and your liver converts all extra calories to fat and cholesterol 
in your body. The most recent data show that you should limit your 
intake of meat, chicken or dairy products and you should eat lots of 
fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans, rather than the 
extracted oils from olives, corn and soybeans. 

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D., for CBS Radio News 

Christopher Gardner of the Stanford at a meeting of the American 
Heart Association in Dallas on November 15, 1994