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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Oil vs Olives

I read a very interesting article from the Happy Herbivore newsletter this morning.  It said:

Olives Not Oils

"There is no such thing as a “healthy” oil. Quoting Dr. Essy, “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.”
I gave up oils after I realized 1 tbsp of oil had the same amount of fat as a Snickers bar and  ½ cup of premium ice cream has less fat and less calories than 2 tbsp of oil. Worse still, the candy and ice cream are technically more “nutritious” than oil because they still contain fiber, protein, carbohydrates and vitamins and oil does not. Oil offers nothing but fat and calories.
If you believe there are special properties or nutrients in olive oil, or flax oil or any other oil -- they would also exist in the whole food the came from, so eat olives and flax seeds instead. Plus, by eating the whole food you’ll also get fiber, vitamins, minerals and a host of other nutrients the oil version is missing.
Take Action: Compare the nutrition label on oil to various “junk” foods, such as candy bars, ice cream, sugar and cookies."

We have cut out oils in our diet since we've been juicing and eating one meal a day.  I get all the oil/fat I need from avocados and nuts.  

Just something to think about today.  Until next time...

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