We’ve become very accustomed to eating oil:so we add it to almost all the meals we prepare. Some may even considering eating oil to be healthy. Is it?
- Weight loss. This is a big one. Nearly 40% of Americans are obese. Did you know there are 120 calories in one tablespoon of oil? That is a lot of calories in a tiny bit of oil. I’m willing to bet that the majority of you reading this have already consumed oil today – I used to cook in it or add it into nearly every single meal I cooked. in 2010, Americans used 53.6 pounds of cooking oil per capita. That’s over a pound of oil per week – and one pound of oil contains nearly 4000 calories.
- Oils lack nutritional benefit. If you’re eating for health – there is really no reason to include oil into your diet. Oil is so processed that nearly all benefits are stripped away, according to many plant-based medical professionals. Yes, some oils contain essential fats – but you can easily get those healthy fats (and a lot more nutrients) from the whole foods oils are extracted from like avocados, nuts, seeds, olives, soybeans, etc.
- Decreased risk of heart disease. Dr. Esselstyn recommends a completely oil-free diet to help prevent heart disease. Why? “Both the mono unsaturated and saturated fat contained in oils is harmful to the endothelium, the innermost lining of the artery, and that injury is the gateway to vascular disease. It doesn’t matter whether it’s olive oil, corn oil, coconut oil, canola oil, or any other kind.” (source.)
- Lowers chances of many other diseases and health problems. Like cancer, acid reflux, hormone issues, bowel problems, immune system suppression, acne…I could go on and on! But I’d rather leave it to the professionals. Check out interviews with or articles written by the doctors I listed (with links) in the second paragraph of this blog post for more information.
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