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The Peter Attia Drive

Mar 15, 2021

In this “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) episode, Peter and Bob take a deep dive into olive oil. They explore the history of olive oil, discuss observational data that led to the hypothesis that olive oil is a healthier alternative to many other fats, and they explain the classification of olive oil types —including what to look for in a high-quality “extra virgin” olive oil. Peter and Bob round out the discussion with a “two-minute drill,” in which Peter answers questions from subscribers. They cover zone 5 training, an update on Peter’s book, lactate meters, standing desks, massage guns, electrolyte supplementation, and more. 


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We discuss:

  • The early history of olive oil and the Mediterranean diet (2:15);
  • The three broad categories of fats: SFA, MUFA, and PUFA (6:25);
  • Exploring the hypothesis that olive oil is healthy (10:30);
  • Comparing olive oil to the makeup of other common oils (30:00);
  • Defining “extra virgin” olive oil, what to look for when purchasing, and Peter’s favorite brand (34:30);
  • Update on Peter’s book (47:15);
  • Zone 5 training: Peter's approach to zone 5 training, and other anaerobic training protocols (49:30);
  • Advantages of using a standing desk compared to sitting (55:30);
  • Lactate meters and strips (57:45);
  • Electrolyte supplementation during fasting and ketosis, and why uric acid may increase (59:30);
  • The usefulness of massage guns, foam rollers, and professional massage for muscle pain and tightness (1:01:30); and
  • More.

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