Mercy’s Dr. Dana Simpler Discusses “Healthy Oils”

February 18, 2016
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There are strong differing opinions when it comes to “healthy oils.”  There are nutritionists and doctors who believe that olive oil and some other favored oils are healthy. But, then there are a number of nutritionists and doctors, such as myself, who totally disagree. All processed fats are 120 calories a tablespoon. All of them, including olive oil and coconut oil. All processed fats are a processed food.

It takes almost eight pounds of olives to make 17 ounces of olive oil. The olives are pressed and separated so that only the fat content is left. All the fiber, phytonutrients and other vitamins and minerals are thrown away or used for some other purpose. All that is left is the fat. People need to really understand this. All oils are a processed food. 

It is much healthier and more slimming to get your fats in their natural form - whole foods - like nuts, seeds, avocados and, yes, olives.

Cooking without oil is surprisingly simple and a whole lot less fattening. Keep the burner on low heat and put your vegetables directly on a dry pan. Cover to help steam them, with periodic gentle stirring as they cook. If sticking to the pan too much - add a small amount of water, broth or wine. The vegetables cook just fine with no added fat calories.

--Mercy internist and primary care practitioner, Dr. Dana Simpler

Dr. Simpler is board certified in internal medicine. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1984, Dr. Simpler earned her master's in physiology from Georgetown University and her bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of Maryland. Dr. Simpler has a special interest in diet and fitness issues. She conducts a private practice at 808-810 S. Conkling Street in Baltimore City.

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Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit, MDMercyMedia on FacebookTwitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.

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