I gave up oil almost 2 years ago. I did it because of my job. I was learning the nutritional harm of oil while also training to cook without it. I haven't looked back since.
For me, this has made one of the most dramatic impacts on my diet, especially in helping with weight loss.
Why? Aren't we supposed to eat oil? Especially olive oil? Isn't it good for you?
Let me ask to think about sugar. Where does sugar come from? It comes from sugar cane, a whole food, a natural food, that is so fibrous that you could never ingest enough to spike your blood glucose the way refined sugar does. Natural sugar cane is refined to a stripped-down, bare-bones version of itself.
So what is oil? It is a stripped-down, bare-bones version of its original. Olives have flavor. They also have nutrients.
1 tablespoon of olives has:
- 9 calories, .9g fat
- Iron, Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin K
- Fiber. Yeah, that one's kind of important
1 tablespoon of olive OIL has:
- 120 calories, 13.5 g fat (2 g saturated)
- 0 fiber. Miniscule nutrients.
- It's just fat. Nothing but fat.
So, I don't use oil. I use olives. I use avocados. I use almond butter, tahini, ground cashews, and sunflower seeds. I get flavor, I get nutrients. Tastes much better than fat.
Try it in this Mediterranean Salad