Low fat, no fat, oils, bread and other thoughts
Posted Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM
I have just finished reading Dr Esselstyn's book "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease". The dietary advise is very similar to Dr Barnard except instead of low fat, it is no fat. No oils to be used at all. No nuts (except occasional walnuts). No advocado, no coconut.
The Kickstart had me looking at food labels to find hidden animal products of any kind and I was surprised at how much dairy was in things I would not have considered dairy to be in. This book now has me looking for added fats and oils and I am equally surprised at what I am finding. Most breads in New Zealand have dairy (milk or milk products). There are some vegan breads but I cannot find any commercial vegan bread that does not have oil in it -usually cannnola oil. If I eat the Esselstyn way, I will need to either start making my own bread or stop eating bread.
I am not sure if I will try to follow the Esselstyn way of eating but it is making me think as heart disease does run in the family. Is anyone else following his suggestions?
It's been awhile since I read the same Esselstyn book, but I seem to remember not that it is NO FAT, but that it's no ADDED fat. Like Susan says, there is fat in plant foods. Some beans are fairly high in fat, but there is no ADDED oils. I think PCRM promotes basically the same, not using foods that have added, processed oils. Though PCRM does allow nuts and avocado, only in very small amounts. I don't think there is a huge difference in the two. I think it would depend on your health history and how much weight you want to lose and how fast. While I think nuts and avocados in small amounts can be healthy foods, they certainly aren't low calorie.
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