Just because you have become vegan does not mean that you can stop worrying about what you eat! Many people smother food in olive oils and cook with canola oils. This is another case where people are going along with misleading claims. Take olive oil for example, it has no fiber, nutrients, vitamins, water, or minerals in it. It takes something nutritious, an olive, and squeezes all the fat out of hundreds to sell to you. Personally, when I eat olives I eat usually less than 10. Could you imagine eating hundreds??
Also, what they don't tell you, is that olive oil is about 10% saturated fat. People who have meat in their diet may benefit from using olive oil instead of animal fats, but for the vegans who don't get any animal fat, having this can actually add to heart disease.
A very bad habit people have with olive oil is that they tend to cook with it. Molecularly, olive oil is mostly polyunsaturated fats (same with most plant oils). This simply means that the fat is long and flexible because it has a lot of bonding between atoms. When you heat it up, those bonds can break, and once inside your body they can act as oxidants creating inflammation and other issues.
Coconut oil is currently seen differently than other oils. While it is safer to cook with, it is still an oil. Think about people avoiding red meat to avoid cholesterol and going to eat chicken instead. Just because it is the lesser of the two evils, does not mean that it is in fact healthy!
Finally, look at a tablespoon of oil. It's so small! But if you eat that tablespoon you would get about 120 calories, with no nutrition. On the other hand, if you have 120 of broccoli, beans, potatoes, and so on, you would have a satisfying amount of food! So from a weight loss perspective adding oils is simply adding extra calories.
The fats I have in my diet come mainly from walnuts, flax seeds, and chia seeds. With the occassional avocado and dark chocolate. Of course you do not have to completely shun oils, but it is something to strive for to have your fats come from a whole food source.
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