Nutrition Facts About Oil
Eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet (WFPB for short) is the magic elixir of life, like an old friend you can laugh with, like a snow-day, quitting your job, winning the lottery. There are lots of reasons why eating a Whole Food Plant Based diet is the healthiest way of eating, and one of the reasons is because people who stick to a WFPB diet don’t consume processed oil. That includes olive and coconut oil. This really freaks people out. I get it, but you will too, after you learn about the nutrition facts about oil.
We’ve spent our lives hearing about how healthy olive oil is and how coconut oil could cure just about anything.
Here’s the thing — oil is not necessary for cooking really delicious food. It takes some getting used to, but water-frying is delicious, and much easier to clean up than oil. You don’t need oil to saute onions, make pasta, or cook bean burgers. Trust me on this.
Some surprising facts about oil
- Oil has the same number of calories as beef fat, gram-for-gram.
- There’s 14 grams of fat and 120 calories in one tablespoon of oil.
- Lard is 40% saturated fat; coconut oil is 90%.
- You’d have to jog about 1.5 miles to burn off 1 tablespoon of oil.
- And the worst: Arteries stiffen and their ability to dilate is impaired within HOURS of ingesting oil.
The doctors and scientists who have been studying and practicing nutrition based science for decades, suggest skipping oil completely. My favorite docs, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Joel Fuhrman and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, all agree that oil is too overly processed, making the ratio of calories to nutrients a very poor choice of fat.
Plant-strong is not fat-free
The key thing to remember is that a plant-strong diet doesn’t mean a fat-free diet. We can easily get healthy fats from nuts, seeds and avocado, and we get the added bonus of fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Our bodies need dietary fat to be able to function properly, and lucky for us, plants have all we need! Did you know that broccoli, kale, quinoa, and beans have small amounts of fat?
Let’s clear up some confusion
Avoiding oil seems weird. We’re avoiding animal products, white flours and sugar, and now oil…? Taking your healthy eating to the next level requires practice, learning, adapting, experimenting and revising, until it becomes part of your routine.
So the next thing to experiment with is taking oil off your shopping list, which is a healthy thing to do in your plant-based journey!
Foods that keep our bodies healthy and lean are whole plant foods as close to their natural state as possible. WFPB diets keep us energized and free of disease. Whole plant foods boost our immune system, and supply the body with lots of antioxidants.
They have anti-inflammatory powers, and the chemical structure of plants that offer such powerful protection against the harmful free radicals that cause cell damage.
Oil, even olive oil and coconut oil, are considered highly processed foods. That’s why oil isn’t included in the WFPB diet. The original structure of the plant is compromised when turning a whole plant food into an oil form, (for example, olives into olive oil), and what’s left is a high fat, calorie-dense, nutrient-void ingredient with NO fiber and barely any trace of the original, beneficial nutrients from the original whole-plant food.
Bottom line is that avoiding oil will avoid illness and disease, and will easily reduce the amount of fat particles gunked up inside your cells. Eating a Whole Foods Plant Based diet and learning the nutrition facts about oil, means that you don’t need to count carbs, calories, or protein.
You don’t need to eat on a schedule, weigh food or count points. You are able to get in tune with your body, eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full. No one said it would be easy. It’s a transition, and it may take a month, it may take a year. But when you start shedding pounds, exhaustion, illness and possibly your medications, you’ll see that the nutrition facts about oil prove that oil is no longer serving you and your healthy bod…!
Come on over to my next post about stocking your plant-strong pantry…!