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View Diary: Tales from the Larder: Olive, the Empress of Oil (part 1) (131 comments)

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    Patric Juillet

    Just realized I wrote my cholesterols wrong.  Monounsaturated oils increase HDL, which is good cholesterol, not LDL.   And vice versa for saturated fats.  Bleh, it's late.  :P

    For those looking for ideas for dishes with oils but no heating of them so they can get more omega-3s in their diet, here's a handful:

    * Pesto * Couscous * Tabouleh * As a butter substitute or dip for bread, esp. with parmesian cheese and fresh-ground black pepper * Vinaigrette dressing

    As a species, we evolved without cooking, and so we got a lot more omega-3s in our diet.  Our bodies are adapted to a higher ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s than almost all of us get.

    But if your oil has to be heated any significant amount, go with olive oil.  Delicious and great for your circulatory system.  :)

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