No Oil??

Yup, it’s true…. WFPB guidelines caution vehemently against all oils: olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil, peanut oil even the much-beloved coconut oil.  All oils.

First, fat is an essential component of a healthy diet the Whole Food Plant Based plan is not a low-fat one – we definitely need to eat fats to function well.  But it is important that we get these fats from whole plant foods – the olive, avocado, almond or coconut, and not their refined and nutritionally deficient oils.  Getting our nutrients packaged by nature with those ideal ratios is at the core of the WFPB way of life.

Oils are the among the most processed and refined foodstuffs out there – what started as a nutritionally dense nut or vegetable is then stripped of all it’s fiber, vitamins and minerals leaving nothing but fat.  Ingesting oils can rapidly lead to increased calorie intake, which is clearly inadvisable, especially to those hoping to lose weight or those hoping to avoid weight related health complications.

But… would just a small amount in a homemade salad dressing or for cooking occasionally be so bad?

Absolutely it would. Oils have been shown to damage the endothelial cells in our blood vessels which can cause heart disease and diabetes.   These are not problems that appear out of nowhere one day -they creep up on us after years and years, even decades of poor lifestyle choices.  The WFPB way of life is one that people follow in a quest to live their healthiest and most vital lives, both today, tomorrow and beyond, so this is why oil matters; because you likely won’t feel the ill effects from it right now, but years down the line you might.

I do not want to mangle good science by trying to transcribe what the experts explain more eloquently than I could, so here are a few useful links and videos from leading WFPB doctors explaining the dangers of oils (check back, I will add more as I find them)


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