Olive oil has become more or less a table oil. We use it on many different foods to enhance that savory flavor. For cooking, it can be used in many ways like roasting and sautéing. Nutrition wise, olive oil is fat and it should be used in moderation since it is an energy dense food. A little bit can go a long way.
Here at Hilton Head Health, we use 1/4 teaspoon to 1 cup of vegetables. Crazy! But it works. Times you should not use olive oil in your cooking are:
Olive oil makes food more palatable. Our goal in weight loss and management is to reach satiety. It definitely helps make food tasty but we do have to be cognizant of the amount we are using.