Olive Oil Is “Heart Healthy”? Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Clinical Lipidology Says That’s A Hoax

OliveOilHeart2Here is the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Lipidology, Dr. W. Virgil Brown, speaking in 2009:

Dr. Karmally: Because of the way the Mediterranean diet has been promoted, olive oil is in the center of that pyramid.

Dr. Brown (Editor-in-Chief of this journal): It’s viewed as healthful and as you pointed out, the Lyon Diet Heart Study really found that the one fat that correlated best with reduction in events was not monounsaturated oleic acid, the major fat of olive oil, it was linoleic acid. And so I’m afraid that this has become a great hoax applied to the American diet and that we have not paid as much attention to the data as we should have in order to make a better decision about the content of fat in our diet.

Clinical Lipidology Roundtable Discussion: Discussion on Dietary Fat, Journal of Clinical Lipidology, October 2009

I think most of our fat should come from whole food sources. By the way, almonds are an excellent source of linoleic acid, the omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid that “correlated best with reduction in [heart] events.”

I agree with RB.  The idea of olive oil being “heart healthy” is a triumph of marketing.

2 thoughts on “Olive Oil Is “Heart Healthy”? Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Clinical Lipidology Says That’s A Hoax

  1. Alessandro

    Bix, you are right! Olive oil is a sort of holy grail here in Italy and in the Mediterranean zone. And it can be harsh to face the fact that it is just fat. No big Industry to push but popular culture and trendly farm markets. Please keep us informed on the topic! thanks. Alessandro


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