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Where Can I Get Fats On A Raw Food Diet? Oils? Nuts?

by Autumn

Autumn's Question:

I've always been told that a zero fat diet essentially makes people go crazy because they have no oils to lubricate their nervous systems and keep the neurons firing smoothly.

I am almost there on my raw diet journey. There is still a craving for fat though, avocados and nuts are still a huge temptation and satisfying fillers.

I also crave oils and potatoes a lot.

What are some fats that are ok to have regularly?

Andrew's Answer:

Hi Autumn.

A zero-fat diet is an impossibility if you're eating whole food.

All foods with the exception of stuff like processed table sugar (100 percent carbohydrates) and processed oil (100 percent fat) are made up of some combination of the three caloronutrients -protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

When you bite into a nice peach or a florette of broccoli you're getting both protein, fat, and carbohydrates with every swallow.

There's a big difference between a low-fat diet and a no-fat diet - the later being almost impossible to achieve.

The Fat In Your Diet:

raw nuts

There's nothing wrong with fat; you'd die without it.

The problem comes about when you overeat it, which is an issue many raw foodists face.

Low fat diets -with fat consumption coming in at under 15 percent of calories consumed - have a long track record of establishing health and long life spans.

I personally have found my health is best when my fat consumption comes in at under 10 percent of calories, but I'm willing to admit that a few percentage points higher probably isn't going to be a problem.

While eating a healthy raw food diet, the only way your fat consumption level will rise above 6 or 7 percent of calories is if you consume what are called "overt fats," or foods which are obviously fatty. They generally taste fatty, and might have an oily quality to them.

Oil, nuts, seeds, avocados, and durian (some don't consider durian an overt fat) are some examples.

How To Consume Fat

Oil, a processed food, just isn't a good choice for health.

It's been stripped of everything of value, and all that's left is concentrated fat calories (100 calories per tablespoon) which will lead to blood sugar problems.

If you want to eat overt fat, go with whole foods such as avocados, nuts, and seeds.

The key is limited intake. Use a calorie tracker like cronometer.com to see what the percentage of calories coming from fat is in your diet.

I'd be concerned if my intake was over 15 percent.

You can eat overt fats regularly, but you need to make sure your intake is limited to under 15 percent from calories. Ideally, under 10 percent is even better.

Dealing With Cravings:

Cravings for fats and potatoes are a sure sign that you're not taking in enough calories from low-fat fruits.

Learn how to deal with cravings here.

Following Up:

Learn how to eat a Healthy Raw Food Diet with an appropriate amount of fat.

Want to enjoy salads but don't know how without fatty oil-based salad dressings? Check out Savory Raw Dressings and Sauces

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