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My Big Fat Rant

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.

I hope you found this informative!  As always please click like, or follow me for more articles. 

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  1. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. Very informative and thought-provoking. I agree with you that, whilst vegetable oils are so much healthier than animal fats, they are still fats, as you point out, so we should not go overboard on them. However I disagree that they have no nutritional value whatsoever: olive oil, for example, is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for many body functions. Then there are also the fat-soluble vitamins A,D,E and K in oils (I think those are the ones, but I am not a nutritionist!) So a moderate amount of these veg oils in the diet are actually healthy.
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    1. Zack
      Zack
      olive oil does have some omega 3 in them. But omega 3 is important in the ratio you get with the inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids, olive oil has about a 13:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. It is recommended to have at most a 4:1 ratio. And there is about 10% of your daily values of vitamin E and K, no vitamin A or D. If you want you get get a bunch of inflammatory fats, 10% vitamin E, at about 120 calories. On the other hand other source, like seeds give more nutrition and fats that work together for optimal absorption. For example, sunflower seeds give you 37% of your daily vitamin E for about the same calories as that olive oil while also giving you dozens of vitamins and minerals with fiber! And that was the main point I was making, that getting fats from whole food sources is much healthier and satisfying. Im glad you found it informative =)
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      1. Veganara
        Veganara
        Yes I agree with you. But we need some fat in food, maybe not for nutrition, but for taste. You might be interested in my article The Alpha and the Omega actually, that I wrote for this website a few months back, about omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. I thought olive oil had a higher ratio of omega-3s than that, I must double-check. I have started using walnut oil, which is high in omega-3s and full of flavour. Ever had that? Yum!!
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        1. Veganara
          Veganara
          PS I also love your title and the picture! You certainly know how to create interesting blogs.
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          1. Zack
            Zack
            Walnut oil sounds interesting! And thanks, I'm aiming to please haha
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            1. SnakeWitch
              I recommend flax seed oil for salads. Very satisfying, and because the flavour is so strong, you need very little of it. For cooking, I heard canola oil was the best to cook with in regards to the way the fats break down - the least unhealthy. As for nut oils, I find them very expensive but soooo good. I agree on that one! On the nutrition part of it... I try not to think about it too much and cook as little as I can with oil.
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              1. Zack
                Zack
                canola oil has a balanced amount of eat type of fats, but mono and poly unsaturated fats can be broken down by heat and turned into free radicals. That makes coconut oil the best for cooking needs
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        2. Akanksha
          Akanksha
          I use freshly grated coconut in my steamed dishes. That does it, and we don't feel the need of any oil for taste.
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  2. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Boyyy....That's some information....Thnz for sharing dear... Vote #3
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    1. Zack
      Zack
      Thanks for voting =)
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  3. BuddhasDelight
    BuddhasDelight
    i really appreciate the information in this article, much of this i didn't know and i am happy to be informed! thank you, an easy vote! please check out my mood-enhancing pear nectar recipe and vote if you like it. thanks again for this info!
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  4. SnakeWitch
    Voted, of course! This is good stuff! I don't use that much oil, so I'm not too badly off. I just really need to cut down on french fries - my little problem... *blush* Don't forget my new article!
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Shoot. Out of votes, will come back tomorrow.
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      1. SnakeWitch
        Voted!
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    2. Zack
      Zack
      thanks! just gotta focus on getting more good than bad =)
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  5. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    I absolutely agree with the first line of this blog. I loved this blog and yes, I practice oil free cooking myself.
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    1. Zack
      Zack
      awesome!
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