Everyone knows that olive oil is good for you, but no one actually seems to believe it. I hear a lot of people comment on the amount of olive oil I use (think Jamie Oliver).
The reason olive oil – extra virgin olive oil in particular – is said to be good for you is because it increases HDL (“good” cholesterol). But, it turns out that saturated fats increase HDL more than LDL (“bad” cholesterol). Maybe saturated fats aren’t as bad as most people think. I don’t want to turn into a science bozo, so I’ll just skip to the point, where I quote Nathan Myhrvold1 in Modernist Cuisine:
A meta-analysis of all prospective cohort studies published before 2009 finds no significant evidence linking saturated fat consumption to cardiovascular disease.