RE: Fact or Fiction?
Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Hi all. As I start this Vegan journey, I'm living with a sceptical husband and equally meat-loving 9 year old daughter. We could all do with losing some weight and my little girl has been great about trying to do healthier eating. I suspect we have not helped her because we have cooked with so much oil in the past. What I'm finding difficult is sorting out what to believe....e.g. Patrick Holford - probably the UKs leading nutritionist said years ago (he was in dispute with the author of a low-fat diet) that we need some fats or we can run into serious health problems. Yet I keep coming across vegans who say no to all fat because we will find some in vegetables anyway. Is it enough though? Juice is another...I've always read that it's good to have juice with a meal because it helps the body absorb iron. But again, I am reading 'cut out the juice, you just need water'. I really want to help my daughter grow up healthily and make the right choices. Who's got it sorted?
To add to the already fine replies, I want to undescore that yes, you are right - dietary fats are essential!
What we don't often realize is that there is enough dietary fat naturally occurring in whole, natural plant-based foods. We don't need additional fats in the form of expelled oils, which are a highly refined, nutrient deficient, calorie concentrated food.
It takes patience and being armed with some simple facts for educating against the tide of standard practices and media hype (such as 'eat your olive oil!) out there. With so many resources right here at PCRM, having a few facts at hand about meat, dairy, and fats can be very helpful.