Chef AJ

Chef AJ

Posted April 29, 2010

Published in Health

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Are you a VegJUNKtarian?

Read More: Coconut oil, Olive oil, Saturated fat

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So many people become vegan because they care about animals but are not at all concerned about their own health.  Well, you are an animal too!  Do you eat primarily a  WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED diet, or do you get most of your calories from refined sugars and oils and vegan junk food?  While the well known people in this movement may not agree on all the points, they all do agree that we should be eating WHOLE FOODS, NOT PROCESSED FOODS, and as Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. M.D. says "NOT A DROP OF OIL". 

Oils are not a WHOLE FOOD.  They have no fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals and micronutrients.  They are pure fat to the tune of 4,000 calories a pound.  No other food is as fattening. Many people buy into the false advertising that olive oil is heart healthy, but there is absolutely nothing in olive oil that you can't get from eating the olive, which is a WHOLE FOOD with fiber.  And coconut oil, which is 92% saturated fat is the most harmful of all.

If you really think oils taste good, I challenge you to drink it straight.  And as far as preparing food, you don't need it.  I work at a restaurant and there are 3 ingredients I refuse to use - sugar, oil and salt.  And no one has ever complained. 

You can replace the oil in baking with applesauce.  You can dry saute or saute in juice, water or low-dodilum vegetable broth.  And for salad dressings, you can use WHOLE FOOD fats, like nuts, seeds, avocado or tahini.  And if you are overweight, just watch the pounds melt once you abstain from oil.  Even Whole Foods is getting the message by offering many oil free options in their deli and salad bar.

If you still need to be convinced that even a single meal with oil is injurious to your epithelial lining, I highly recommend "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" by Dr. Esselstyn.

It's great to care about animals, but your health matters too.  So if you are a VegJUNKtarian, think about eliminating oils and adding more WHOLE FOODS to your diet.


Love & Kale,
Chef AJ