According to Dr. Dean Ornish, the human body needs a diet of a minimum of 5% fat to function effectively. So, let's look at the fat content of a few vegetables.
Eggplant is about 8% fat by calories
Broccoli and Chard are about 10% fat by calories
Spinach is around 14% fat by calories
So, what does this tell us? Mother Nature gave us all the fat our bodies need in food's natural packages. We don't need extra virgin olive oil dumped all over our foods because it is a "good fat" or because we "need" oil.
You don't "need" any processed oils in your diet for your body to function effectively.
Mother Nature provides all the fat you need.
Sadly, in cooking, oil is ALWAYS the first thing people reach for to start cooking. We use it to fry garlic and onions, we pan fry with it, we deep fry with it, we coat baking sheets with it, we add it to every recipe we make. All that fat adds up.
The human body is extremely efficient at turning fat in your diet into fat on your butt. You want to lose weight in a hurry? Cut the added fat out of your diet.
EVOO may taste good but all the nutrients have been removed from oil. The only thing in there is fat that's going straight to your butt and your arteries.
So, what do we do instead?
1. Water frying
2. Instead of olive oil, throw a few olives in your dish or a few walnuts or a slice of avocado. Whole foods still have all their nutrients and are a much healthier choice than a bottle of oil.
Eat food the way Mother Nature intended. Leave the EVOO at the store.