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What can you mix olive oil with so that it doesn't sting your throat when you drink it?

Asked by dunkin_donutz (441 points ) October 18th, 2009

I drink olive oil for my health. But when I swallow it, it leaves an unpleasant burning sensation in my throat. Usually I follow up by drinking some milk or soy milk and that gets rid of the burning. But is there anything I could mix the olive oil with so I didn’t need to eat something else afterwards?

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kibaxcheza's avatar

dont drink it?
use it on pasta with a few other things to make it more of a healthy dressing?

smile1's avatar

is olive oil THAT healthy for you? drinking it everyday…?

dunkin_donutz's avatar

@kibaxcheza But I want to drink it. My question is how do I make it go down easier.
@smile1 Yes, it really is healthy.

poisonedantidote's avatar

well, you could try to put some fine chopped herbs in it. or the way i really enjoy my olive oil, is to take it with a thing they call a ’‘pa am oli’’ here in mallorca. its basically like a sandwich. but with olive oil on the bread and tomato smothered in to it.

maybe you could just try to mix it with the juice of squeezed tomatoes and some herbs?

DarkScribe's avatar

I don’t know what sort of olive oil you are using, but I have not found it to sting or burn and I go through a lot of it. This evening I have just eaten a Greek salad drenched in extra virgin Olive oil. I don’t drink it, but I do go through a litre or so a week in cooking and salads etc.

jqlyn's avatar

Try agave syrup.

laureth's avatar

In my experience, you would have to use it mixed with so much of something else that the benefits you’re looking for won’t be there anymore. Any olive oil I had that didn’t burn was of inferior quality or very dilute.

dunkin_donutz's avatar

@laureth @DarkScribe I get the 365 brand Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Whole Foods. It’s pretty good value and looks very transparent green. My understanding is that the greener the better while a darker or yellower color indicates it’s less fresh. Of course I’m not an expert . . .

@laureth Good to know that the burning is a good sign.

dunkin_donutz's avatar

@jqlyn Not sure if it would mix with the oil but if so agave is a good idea.

DarkScribe's avatar

@laureth Any olive oil I had that didn’t burn was of inferior quality or very dilute.

It is interesting. I don’t drink it, but to test I just swallowed a shot glass full. It has a slightly dry/bitter aftertaste when consumed that way, but nothing like a “burn”. But then I can drink Tabasco sauce – when I was younger I would do it for a bet.

dunkin_donutz's avatar

@DarkScribe I don’t find it to burn when I eat it with something – only when I swallow a tablespoon of it. Judging by your Tabasco sauce comment, you’re likely in a different category than me – I find mustard harsh :)

jqlyn's avatar

Shake the agave with oil and drink right away, I haven’t tried it but it could work. Also have you thought about doing a green drink in the blender or food processor? You could mix kale (or other green veggie) with pears or apples (any in season fruit) and maybe some mint, ginger, olive oil (I use flax oil or hemp oil) and some agave, if you need it (I usually don’t). That is how I get my oil intake daily, and I also take cod liver oil straight, but it is flavored with lemon.

dunkin_donutz's avatar

@jqlyn I wanted to do an experiment where I just take a tablespoon of olive oil and no other food every hour. Otherwise the shake idea would be great. The only thing that is preventing the experiment is the fact that I can’t talk after swallowing the olive oil because it burns my throat so much that it takes about 15 mintues of coughing and swallowing to get back to normal (or else I just give up and drink some milk).

laureth's avatar

@DarkScribe – maybe “burn” isn’t the right word. There is a definite harshness, though, which is what I was interpreting as “burn.” It’s a characteristic I’ve found only with olive oil, and relatively pure oil at that.

jqlyn's avatar

Ok, so what about trying a different oil that wouldn’t make your throat sting. Have you tried any others? Flax oil is great.

DarkScribe's avatar

@laureth maybe “burn” isn’t the right word

Maybe “acrid” would be a better word from my perspective. Dry and bitter.

DarkScribe's avatar

@dunkin_donutz

Why are you drinking it? What benefit are you looking for? I drink Flaxseed oil for Omega 3, but it tastes quite foul. I find it better whipped with Yoghurt or Cottage cheese and seasoned. A bit of cottage cheese, horseradish and chicken stock makes it taste like a savoury dip.

dunkin_donutz's avatar

@jqlyn @DarkScribe I find flax oil very mild and nutty – I also use the 365 Whole Foods brand flax oil. But it doesn’t offer the muscle-building benefits of olive oil (from my research) and can be carcinogenic if it goes rancid. So I’m planning on switching entirely to olive oil.

dunkin_donutz's avatar

@DarkScribe ‘acrid’ is a good word for what I was calling a ‘burn’.

laureth's avatar

Whatever the flavor sensation is, it makes me want to cough.

Harp's avatar

The compound responsible for the burn is deacetoxy-ligstroside aglycon (AKA oleocanthal). This also happens to be the compound that’s responsible for some of olive oil’s putative health benefits.

dunkin_donutz's avatar

@Harp Ah! Good to know. So Laureth’s suggestion about the link between the burn and the high quality of the oil sounds correct.

dunkin_donutz's avatar

@DarkScribe I actually prefer Flax oil by itself. If yours tastes rancid, throw it out immediately. You must refrigerate it or it spoils and can be harmful to your health.

judochop's avatar

What are the health benefits to drinking Olive Oil? (yes I’ve heard of google and wikipedia)

DarkScribe's avatar

@dunkin_donutz If yours tastes rancid, throw it out immediately.

It is always fresh – kept refrigerated at all times. I have been on the Johanna Budwig protocol for several years now – am aware of the potential problems – side effects etc.

dunkin_donutz's avatar

@DarkScribe Do you know why Flax oil is essential in the Budwig protocol? Since the basis of the protocol is omegas, couldn’t olive oil be substituted for flax oil?

dunkin_donutz's avatar

@judochop http://www.jnutbio.com/article/S0955-2863%2807%2900013-7/abstract

Abstract

The effects of extra virgin olive oil (EV-olive oil) on triglyceride metabolism were investigated by measuring the degree of thermogenesis in interscapular brown adipose tissue (IBAT) and the rates of noradrenaline and adrenaline secretions in rats, both in vivo and in situ. In Experiment 1 (in vivo), rats were given an isoenergetic high-fat diet (30% fat diet) containing corn oil, refined olive oil, or EV-olive oil. After 28 days of feeding, the final body weight, weight gain, energy efficiency, perirenal adipose tissue and epididymal fat pad and plasma triglyceride concentrations were the lowest in the rats fed the EV-olive oil diet. The content of uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1) in IBAT and the rates of urinary noradrenaline and adrenaline excretions were the highest in the rats fed the EV-olive oil diet. In Experiment 2 (in situ), the effects of the extract of the phenolic fraction from EV-olive oil and a compound having excellent characteristics as components of EV-olive oil, hydroxytyrosol, on noradrenaline and adrenaline secretions were evaluated. The intravenous administration of the extract of the phenolic fraction from EV-olive oil significantly increased plasma noradrenaline and adrenaline concentrations, whereas that of hydroxytyrosol had no effect. These results suggest that phenols except hydroxytyrosol in EV-olive oil enhance thermogenesis by increasing the UCP1 content in IBAT and enhancing noradrenaline and adrenaline secretions in rats.

judochop's avatar

@dunkin donutz
are you looking to increase your noradrenaline or adrenaline or both?

DarkScribe's avatar

@dunkin_donutz _ Do you know why Flax oil is essential in the Budwig protocol?_

The high Omega 3 content.

dunkin_donutz's avatar

@judochop Both. But that study is just one example. I’m mainly interested in building muscle and olive oil also has anabolic, antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties.

dunkin_donutz's avatar

@DarkScribe Thanks, that’s right. I was thinking olive oil had omega-3 also but I forgot it doesn’t – or at least not much.

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