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Oil and Health

Growing up cooking oil was always a subject of debate in my family. Is it good or bad? Oh that’s right, canola oil is bad and olive oil is the good. Or is it the other way around? Truth be told, it can get pretty confusing. Take me for example. For a long time I thought eating plenty of grilled chicken, olive oil, and pasta was a good idea. Now clearly I’ve wised up.

But in regard to oil, I think a lot of people still don’t get it. I mean just look at all these deep-fried creations, surely someone is eating them. Although, there are others—like myself—that do our best to avoid oil and fried-foods. So then, what’s the deal with oil? Should we eat it? Dr. Mao of AskDrMao.com attempts to answer to that question:
Oils that originate from vegetable, nut, and seed sources provide the essential fatty acids that are critical for our nerve and brain functions. The typical vegetable oils that can be found at supermarkets have undergone chemical and heat processing that destroy the quality of the oil — bleaching, cooking, defoaming, distillation, extraction, refining, and the addition of preservatives. Additionally, many of these oils are exposed to light and air and are even potentially filled with pesticides.

All of this causes the formation of free radicals, which undermine the health benefits of consuming essential fatty acids. To ensure that you are receiving all of the possible benefits from your oil, buy organic, cold-pressed, minimally processed oils at your local health food store. Be sure that you consume oil within three months; to prevent it from becoming rancid, store your oil in the refrigerator in dark glass containers.
Now after reading this, I’m not so sure Dr. Mao is telling the whole truth about oil. Sure, certain oils might have some nutritional elements to them, but, in this weight-conscious culture of ours, are they really a good idea? Dr. Fuhrman talks about oil in his book Cholesterol Protection for Life, take a look:
I know you were told that olive oil is health food. It is not. Keep in mind, oil is processed food, it is not a natural whole food. Oils, even if they are monounsaturated, should not be health food because they are low in nutrients and contain 120 calories per tablespoon, promoting weight gain.

Sure, olive oil and almond oil are improvements over animal fats and margarine, but they still are a contributor to our overweight modern world. Overweight Americans consume and average of three tablespoons of oil in their daily diet, adding and extra 360 calories to their food each day. You need to reach a thinner, ideal weight to achieve maximum protection against heart disease and to reverse heart disease. Use oil, even olive oil sparingly or not at all; certainly, do not have more than one teaspoon per day.

As an alternative to oil, you can make great tasting salad dressings from raw nuts and seeds, such as walnuts, pecans, cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pistachios and avocados.
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Ronald Kessler - July 21, 2008 11:40 AM

Where can I find Salad Dressings using Dr Fuhrman's vinegar as a base??

Gerry Pugliese - July 21, 2008 12:02 PM

Hey Ronald-

Check out the recipes category:



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