Many people believe that the olive oil in the Mediterranean Diet is part of what makes it healthy. Wrong! The diet is healthier than the standard American diet because it contains more fruits and vegetables, period. Substituting olive oil for the fats found in most American diets is healthier, but if your object is to avoid heart disease, avoid olive oil.
This is part of the panel discussion at the Healthy Lifestyle Expo 2007, where all the experts gathered on stage for 90 minutes to answer audience questions.