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A crucial part of any well-rounded diet includes one or two tablespoons of olive oil a day in foods like salad dressing, Dr. Oz says.

One thing to keep in mind about olive oil is that you should not fry foods in it. "If you take a healthy fat and you fry it—if it reaches its smoking point—then you actually are oxidizing it," Dr. Oz says. "When you oxidize it, you actually damage the fats, so you lose a lot of the benefit."

Rather than putting the oil in the pan and heating it, a better method is to put the food in the oil first and then add it to a heated pan. "That's a wonderful way of reducing the amount of oxidation that occurs," he says.
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FROM: Dr. Oz Reveals the Ultimate Checklist for Great Aging
Published on March 14, 2008
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.

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