Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Why No Oil?

One of the things that make the Plant-Based Whole Foods approach to living different than your mainstream Vegetarian and Vegan diets, is that every plant-based doctor will tell you NO OIL.

Now, we're not talking stop eating Avocados and Walnuts and all those whole foods that have oils in them, but we're talking the processed oils. This includes each and every bottled oil you can get your hands on.

Flax Seed
Grape Seed

And the list goes on.

But why is that? The article on Pinterest that I read said that Coconut Oil has 10 amazing health benefits? And Dr. Oz just came out to say that Safflower oil helps to decrease belly fat!


Okay, so now that I've made my fart noise joke, one of my favorite Plant-Based Doctors, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, talks about this very issue in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (chapter 10 to be exact). And he says this: NO OIL! Not even olive oil, which goes against a lot of other advice out there about so-called good fats. The reality is that oils are extremely low in terms of nutritive value. They contain no fiber, no minerals and are 100% fat calories. And above all they contain saturated fat which immediately injures the endothelial lining of the arteries when eaten. It doesn't matter whether it's olive oil, corn oil, coconut oil or any other kind , avoid ALL oil. 

I really don't think you can get much more basic than that. Fat, is fat, is fat. And Saturated processed fat besides...

Take a deeper look into one of Dr. Esselstyn's talks where he discusses the "NO OIL" policy. BT Dubs, this man is like 81 now. He looks fantastic!

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