Raw foodists, vegans, and paleo folk all love avocados, nuts, seeds, and oils, such as olive and coconut. Personally, I think avocados and other healthy fatty foods are good for you!
If you are going to eat plenty of fruit, like you should for optimal health, fat quantity becomes an issue.
One avocado can contain 30-50 grams of fat, sometimes more. To put that in perspective, eating three avocados in a day is like eating a whole stick of butter. One avocado can contain as much fat as three tablespoons of butter.
However, avocados do contain so-called “good fats,” so eating them is not as damaging as eating butter.
In fact, there are many polyphenols and nutrients that make eating avocados quite different from eating other types of fat.
For one thing, avocados are packed with fiber.
If you eat a few slices of avocado on your salad — no problems.
But when you add up all the fat in one day, such as:
– Olive oil
– Nuts and seeds
– Nut butter
… The total can be quite a bit. All that fat in the bloodstream will affect insulin sensitivity. So what happens next?
If you dump a lot of fruit on top of it, it can be a problem.
You get a greater insulin response every time you eat fruit or starches.
More sugar gets trapped in the blood, and your health starts to go downhill.
• Go on a “fat cleanse”. Cut down on the avocados, nuts, seeds, and oils to emphasize fruit, vegetables, and whole carbohydrates.
Many well-known nutritionists have written extensively on the health benefits of consuming a low fat, high carb diet.
These include Douglas Graham, John McDougall, Michael Klaper, William Harris, Ruth Heidrich, Michael Greger, and Neal Barnard, among others.
All of these professionals agree that approximately 10% of total calories from plant-based fat is moderate and more than adequate, and that health declines significantly on practically every level when fat consumption rises above the mid-teens.
Yet most people in the western world eat four times that amount of fat.
The low fat, plant-based approach also has tremendous health benefits compared with diets that include animal products.
In fact, there’s not a single scientific study showing that you can reverse heart disease on a low-carbohydrate / high fat diet.
However, many studies have proven that you can do so on a low fat, plant-based diet.
The key point is total fat intake has to be kept under 10% of total calories; that’s when you start to see the benefits.
– Much higher energy levels
– Improved digestion
– Prevention and reversal of degenerative diseases
– Lower body fat without portion control
– Better sleep
– Improved mood
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