The Truth About a High Fat Raw Food Diet
“I have the absolute best diet in the world. You will lose weight, you will have more energy, and you will prevent and even reverse any and all diseases. AND you get to eat 60% OR MORE of your calories from fat!”
You would probably a) laugh in my face, b) turn and run, or c) ask if I were a raw foodist.
That’s right, folks. The average raw foodist eats 40% OR MORE of his or her calories from fat! That’s almost HALF of one’s daily calories, all from fat!
Are you surprised? I know I sure was when I went raw. I could not believe that there were people actually promoting a high fat diet when all the evidence for a healthy diet pointed to the exact opposite!
So why are so many raw foodists eating so much fatty foods? What it boils down to is the “If It’s Raw, It’s Healthy” fallacy.
If It’s Raw, It’s Healthy
Many raw foodists will argue that raw fats are much healthier than cooked fats and do not result in such problems as heart disease and atherosclerosis. As long as it’s raw, you can eat as much avocado, nuts, and seeds as you want.
Yes, it’s true that raw fats are better than heated fats. Once fats are cooked, they quickly go rancid and produce harmful carcinogens. The more oxygen that these foods come into contact with, the more rancid they become and the more dangerous carcinogens they produce.
The Problem With Too Much Fat
However, eating an excess of either cooked or raw fats produces a host of problems for the consumer:
#1: Fat takes a long time to digest and it remains in the bloodstream for a long time. When too much fat is consumed, the excess fat in the bloodstream interferes with insulin production from the pancreas.
Under normal circumstances, the insulin would attach itself to sugar molecules within the blood in order to carry them to the cells. With the fat in the way, the insulin has a hard time reaching the insulin receptor. The pancreas becomes fatigued from producing extra insulin. The blood-sugar level remains elevated because the sugar cannot be transported out of the blood by the insulin.
Conditions like type 2 diabetes are not caused by a lack of insulin or too much sugar. They’re directly linked to an excess of fat.
#2: An excess of fat in the body slows down digestion of other foods that are eaten and can cause gas and bloating.
#3: Too much fat in the bloodstream also interferes with the red blood cells’ ability to transport oxygen. A low oxygenated body is a perfect environment for cancer cells to thrive.
#4: Excess fat consumption is linked to numerous physical and mental ailments, such as:
- Heart disease
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Bipolar Disorder
How Much Fat?
Many people around the world eat diets low in fat. In The China Study, the longest nutritional study ever conducted, Dr. Campbell studies people living in rural China who eat as low as 6% of calories from fat!
It is not surprising that in these areas you find much lower rates of heart disease, atherosclerosis, breast cancer, etc. compared to more industrialized places like the US and Britain.
Many days, I do not eat any overt fats and on those days I average about 5% of my calories from fat. I’ve never experienced any adverse reactions from limiting my fat intake.
In fact, I have only experienced great benefits since limiting fat, such as weight loss, increased energy, deeper sleep, mental focus, and improved digestion.
You can take action right now by simply limiting your consumption of fatty foods to 10% or less. A good way to do this is to replace these foods with high-calorie, low-fat sweet fruits.
For instance, if you usually eat avocados with your greens, try peaches sliced up on top instead. You can even make completely fat-free dressings from fruits and veggies. Here is a personal favorite of mine:
*Tangy Tomato Dressing*
- 2 cups of pineapple
- 1 cup of tomatoes
- 1 cup of cucumber
Blend all of the ingredients together.
The best way to track your fat consumption is to use an online calorie tracker like www.cronometer.com. There are many more sites that allow you to track your calories, but this is the site I recommend. It is easy to use and easy on the eyes.
Go raw and be fit,
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Post Last Updated: 3/5/2013