When it comes to eliminating oils, what do you do in a whole-food or plant-based meal diet? Numerous sources have agreed that the use of oils is beneficial in lowering the risk of heart diseases. So it may seem extremely unusual to recommend someone to cut out oils from their daily diet. This is exactly what plant-based food helps with. Read on to know more.
The Nutritional Value Of Oil
The caloric density of oil per pound is more than many other whole plant-based foods. Vegetables have around 100 calories per pound. Fruits have around 300 calories per pound. Nuts have around 3000 calories per pound…Oils on the other hand have a staggering 4000 calories! A tablespoon of oil has around 130 calories in it, most of which come from fat. Aside from the obvious fatty acids like omega-3s and omega 6s, there are other nutrients like vitamin E and K, which are present in smaller quantities.
Of all the oils, coconut oil is quite high in saturated fats, with about 90% of the total fat content. This is in comparison to 40% of saturated fat found in lard. The quality of the oil cannot be consistent either. Plants that are damaged from heat, pest, transportation, and storage; all affect the final quality of the oil.
What Happens When You Ingest Oil
When you have foods rich in fats, you elicit an intense reaction. These reactions in the brain and body, also contribute to the addiction of fatty foods. The feeling of pleasure from munching on fatty foods is euphoric, but after the initial rush, you are left simpering in your lethargy. After such a meal the blood flow is vastly reduced in your body. The digestion is much slower; as the body expends more energy to breakdown the fats, your enzymes, stomach acids, and bile all work in overdrive to breakdown the food. The excess fat is then converted to cholesterol which is safely stored in the liver as a future source of fuel. This future source of fuel rarely gets used up.
Not just this but consuming bad fat will hurt gut bacteria. You can get your dose of healthy fats from whole foods like nuts, seeds, butter, avocado, beans, soy products, and many more. These are healthy fatty acids that help in maintaining cellular integrity and allow you to remain healthy and well. Switch to plant-based alternatives to get the best of both worlds.