If you’re new to this series, this week is all about putting a rest to common raw food myths that cause so many raw food failures. Be sure to scan the article for links to the first two fallacies.
For now, it’s time to examine the third – and the most dangerous – raw food fallacy:
Raw Fat is Special
At around 40% of total daily calories, no one will argue that the American diet is far too high in fat. And yet, many raw food gurus have no problem prescribing a dangerous diet of 6o+ percent fat!!!
Why? Well, it all goes back to If It’s Raw, It’s Healthy.
The fallacious idea is that because they’re raw, fatty foods like avocados, nuts, seeds, olives and their respective oils do not suffer from the problems caused by eating lots of cooked fats, such as atherosclerosis and heart disease .
Therefore, these foods can be eaten in abundance.
This is utterly wrong. Yes, it’s true that raw fats are much better than cooked fats, as they have not been damaged during the heating processed. But too much fat is still too much fat.
No matter what the source, excess fat in the diet interferes with both sugar and oxygen transportation, both of which create a perfect environment for cancer cells to thrive.
Plus, fat simply isn’t satiating and will have you rushing back to the foods your body really craves: carbohydrates. This explains why so many people attempting to go raw the mainstream, high-fat way eventually fail at staying raw.
And what foods do they turn to? Ninety-nine percent of the time, it’s cooked carbs like bread, pasta, and potatoes.
Raw Fat is Just That…FAT!
If you want to succeed on a raw food diet, you need to limit your fat intake to around 10% of total calories. For the average person, this means about 1/2 of an avocado or 1-2 ounces of nuts and seeds per day.
I bet I know what you’re thinking…
“But if I can’t load up on avocados, nuts, and oils, how do I feel full on raw foods?! I can’t just live on greens and sprouts!””
If you had read Raw Food Fallacy #2, you’d know the answer…
Go raw, be fit, and stay tuned for raw food fallacy number four!