Which Oil Or Fat Is The Best For Gut Health?
Eric Bakker, naturopath.
Thanks for coming back.
Oil and fat.
You guys like that?
It’s great stuff, isn’t it?
I’ve talked a lot about different kinds of
foods on this channel, but I haven’t really
sort of gone specifically into talking about
what is the best fat or oil for the digestive
What do you guys think it is?
Would it be lard?
What would it be?
Would it be butter?
Would it be coconut oil?
What would it be?
Well, drum roll, it’s olive oil, it’s extra
virgin olive oil, EVOO.
Not virgin olive oil, not olive oil, but extra
virgin olive oil.
Now the reason being, it has a much higher
So polyphenols are basically antioxidants.
They’re very small components of many different
types of special foods or what I call the
A grade foods.
And the extra virgin olive oil, especially
if you’re going to get that real olive oil,
that’s not counterfeit.
And then if you guys are in the states watching
this, be careful because olive oil is one
of the most counterfeit of all products that
you can buy currently because it’s in such
So you’ll probably want to get onto the olive
oil association or the council over there
and make sure that you buy a proper olive
Because there’s so much crap on the market,
You might as well be drinking sump oil with
some of that stuff that you get at Walmart.
I bought some olive oils in the states and
Opened up the bottle and I could straight
away smell it was rancid.
I knew it wasn’t really good olive oil so
I just binnedit.
So we’re lucky in New Zealand because we have
many olive oil plantations, especially here
where I am in this area and we get really,
really nice olive oil straight off the press.
In fact, I live in a small town, [inaudible}.
We’ve actually got the village press here
that actually press olives for people so if
you bring your olives here, they’ll crush
So think about it.
You get an olive off the tree and you mash
it up the fingers.
It’s oily, it’s greasy, it’s got oil in it
Why would you want to drink corn oil for,
or canola oil?
Canola oil’s not even a plant.
So just be very, very careful with the kind
of oils you’re you’re consuming because they
could wreck your gut health.
I’m not a fan of conventional teller or lard.
I would prefer that if you…
particularly lard, I think, is one of the
best fats you can have.
These are very, very good also for the digestion.
But olive oil seems to really shine through.
The studies I’ve looked at, the studies that
were conducted in Spain and in Greece many
There’s no doubt about it.
Olive oil has a very interesting effect also
on the microbiota.
The study was conducted in February in 2018
in a university.
I believe it was in Spain, where they looked
at rats and mice, different animals, and they
looked at the effects of oils on their gut.
And they found olive oil was significantly
better on the microbiota then butter was.
Butter behaves differently in the guts than
the oil did.
Butter for a long time has been seen as not
Now it’s being accepted as not a bad fat,
but it still does not have the specific effect
on the bacteria in the gut that olive oil
is shown to have.
So this could be a big part of the Mediterranean
myth or the Mediterranean diet, on why people
are living so long in these areas.
If you look how much olive oil they consume,
The average American will consume about a
liter per year.
Whereas people who live in Spain and Greece
and Italy consume over 13 liters per year.
So this could also be one of the reasons why
this Mediterranean diet thing really rings
true for so many people.
It’s the sheer quantity of olive oil they
So think about extra virgin olive oil and
to include some of that in your diet.
There are different types you can try out.
So olive oil’s like wine.
You’ve got some that are peppery and you’ve
got some that are a little bit sweeter.
You have to try them out.
I’ve got about 10 different olive oils in
my kitchen that I use regularly from different
types of olive.
Barnea and for example.
Barnea and I’m just trying to think…
Kalamata and there are so many olives and
each olive can produce quite a unique oil.
So you need to try them all out for yourself
and like wine or anything you eat or drink,
the flavor is very individual.
But pick one that you like and definitely
consume more olive oil.
Don’t forget to click on the link in the description
box regarding my candida shopping list and
you’ll note the oils are on there as well.
And I talk about olive oil on that list.
Thanks for tuning in.