No Oil, No Problem
We eliminated oil from our diet 6 years ago when we discovered the extraordinary health benefits of PLANT-BASED eating while I was recuperating from a heart attack. In addition to avoiding all meat and dairy, eggs and fish, we stopped eating all oil--corn, canola, peanut, walnut, sesame, coconut and even OLIVE OIL! We don't cook with it, bake with it or put it on salads! Here's why:
- All oils are highly processed.
- All oils are 100% fat causing rapid weight gain.
- All oils contain next to no nutrients.
- All oils cause inflammation.
- All oils cause sluggish blood flow.
- All oils promote disease and impair health.
For further information regarding the health risks of oil consumption, check out the following links:
No Oil -- Not Even Olive Oil! - Caldwell Esselstyn MD
Olive Oil Is Not Healthy - Dr John McDougall
Olive Oil Is Not Healthy - Michael Klaper MD
Olive Oil is NOT Health Food but Sick Food
-Jeff Novick, RD, MS
So what do we eat? We enjoy a wonderful variety of vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains, nuts and seeds--raw and cooked--with herbs, spices, vinegars, mustards and salsas.
And how do we cook without oil? Instead of sautéing with oil, any other liquid will work fine--broth, vinegar, soy sauce, water, wine. For baking, we use applesauce or mashed bananas to replace oil and line baking pans with parchment/baking paper.
Here's a favorite dressing good on vegetables, raw or cooked: Mix together equal parts mustard, salsa and Balsamic vinegar. Pour over vegetables and enjoy.