This is one of the most common questions I get: why don’t you recommend oil, even olive oil?
I can understand feeling frustration when you try to remove something from your diet, it happened to me too in the past, but we must examine the issue of consuming oils objectively.
To start with, the simple answer: Oil is 100% fat with no protein or carbohydrate, and very tiny amount of other nutrients. Look at the label at the back of any bottle of oil to confirm this.
The print screen below from the nutrition data website shows the properties of 100g of olive oil.
The next question generally is: But don’t we need some fat in our diet?
Yes, we do. Fat is an important nutrient that serves a wide variety of functions in our health, but refined oils are stripped of the fibre, protein, carbohydrates, and ten thousand other chemicals originally found in the plants from which they were derived; leaving an unbalanced fractional product that is simply not healthy.
Refined oils are not food. At best, they can be used as medications, causing some desirable effects; at worst, they are serious toxins that cause illness.
In contrast, whole-food fats eaten moderately in the form of seeds, avocados, fresh nuts, or young coconut flesh, provide a more complete nutrition and are not automatically detrimental to our health.
Refined oils (including coconut, flax, olive, hemp, almond, borage, etc.) are essentially empty calories, calories without nutrition.
Oils represent one of the most concentrated sources of calories available. One tablespoon of olive oil, for instance, contains 120 calories of 100% pure fat.
By contrast, one medium banana provides you with 105 calories, with only 4% of its calories from fat, which is similar to most fruits, with the exception of a few “fatty fruits”, notably the avocado and olives.
The idea that olive oil can be somehow “heart healthy” as some studies suggests is a myth and research in this field needs to be properly understood.
Studies made on the Mediterranean diet have only shown that consuming olive oil lowers LDL cholesterol when it replaces animal fats, like butter and cheese.
But adding olive or other vegetable oils to an otherwise healthy diet only increases LDL levels.
If you are concerned about Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, ALL whole foods contain them to a certain degree, and in the perfect omega 3/6 ratio.
Only plants can synthesize omega-3 and omega-6 fats.
We, like all animals, must get these essential fats directly, by eating plants, or indirectly, by eating animals that ate the plants and stored these essential fats in their tissues.
Fish, for instance, store the omega-3 fats made by algae although fish cannot synthesize this kind of fat.
Now, does this mean you can never have a splash of olive oil? If you’re an active person that burns a lot of calories, a bit of olive oil in your salads probably won’t hurt you. But it’s better leave it out altogether.
Try giving up oil and you’ll notice that you will feel less heavy.
If you crave something fatty, try eating nuts, seeds, avocado, or some fresh, young coconut meat that will make you feel better without compromising your health.
I believe It’s OK to crave some fat from time to time, but its NEVER OK to “love” fat.
You can love avocados or other fatty foods by all means, but loving fat means you probably have a fat addiction, which is not too different from loving heroin or cocaine.
Fats shut off emotions. We tend to handle emotional pain by eating fatty, hard-to digest “comfort foods” that numb our feelings.
The solution to this problem lies in trying to understand your sentiments aside from food.
How to Transition to an Oil-Free Diet
By eating a low fat, raw diet where most of your calories come from fruit, you eliminate the need to cook or otherwise add oil to your diet, except as an option for salad dressings.
For such a case, it’s better to resort to using wholefood sources of fat, such as avocado, seeds, and nuts instead.
On top of avoiding gaining extra weight, the benefits of eliminating oil from the diet are myriad, and you will feel many of them immediately.
You’ll have more energy and you may notice that your mood improves too, since eating more whole carbohydrates means an increase in serotonin production.
Your assimilation of foods may also improve as a consequence of not consuming oil, as oil makes digestion sluggish.
In my experience, an oil-free, fruit based, low fat, raw diet is the only diet where I can eat as much food as I want, without worrying about quantities, and yet, stay at my ideal weight.
Eating out is a major stumbling block when trying to quit oil as, more often than not, restaurant food is loaded with added oil and extra salt, that isn’t necessary in line with healthy eating.
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