My Take on Low Fat Raw Diets

The Garden DietI have a slight issue with low-fat raw diets as fats are essential helpers in our body’s process of absorbing nutrients. A lot of low-fat-raw people look depleted after a couple of years on the diet.

I understand that a lot of people have difficulty digesting fats and I’m sure that has something to do with damage from the SAD diet, but in my opinion a low-fat raw diet should rely on lots of greens as well as fruits, and that after 3 months to 2 years raw depending on the person, the system will be healed enough to be able to happily ingest the fats that are necessary to thrive long-term on a raw vegan diet.

Fat is also important for preventing wrinkles…

Well, let’s just see what Wikipedia has to say about the importance of fats….

Importance for living organisms

Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble, meaning they can only be digested, absorbed, and transported in conjunction with fats. Fats are also sources of essential fatty acids, an important dietary requirement.

Fats play a vital role in maintaining healthy skin and hair, insulating body organs against shock, maintaining body temperature, and promoting healthy cell function.

Fats also serve as energy stores for the body, containing about 37.8 kilojoules (9 calories) per gram of fat.[3] They are broken down in the body to release glycerol and free fatty acids. The glycerol can be converted to glucose by the liver and thus used as a source of energy.

Fat also serves as a useful buffer towards a host of diseases. When a particular substance, whether chemical or biotic—reaches unsafe levels in the bloodstream, the body can effectively dilute—or at least maintain equilibrium of—the offending substances by storing it in new fat tissue. This helps to protect vital organs, until such time as the offending substances can be metabolized and/or removed from the body by such means as excretion, urination, accidental or intentional bloodletting, sebum excretion, and hair growth.

While it is nearly impossible to remove fat completely from the diet, it would also be unhealthy to do so. Some fatty acids are essential nutrients, meaning that they can’t be produced in the body from other compounds and need to be consumed in small amounts. All other fats required by the body are non-essential and can be produced in the body from other compounds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat#Importance_for_living_organisms
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Jinjee
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6 Responses to My Take on Low Fat Raw Diets

  1. Burn Fat says:

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  2. angela camp says:

    Just wanted to chime in that low-fat doesn’t mean NO fat, which seems to be the approach you are taking. “Low” is a relative term. The goal is to get the bulk of calories from carbs, specifically sweet fruit. Eating a few nuts, avocadi, or coconut is fine, but getting upwards of 30% of your calories from fat is excessive, simply because carbs provide the best and only directly usable source of energy for the cells in your body, both fat and protein have to be broken down, converted, and byproducts eliminated to be used. Not as efficient as the glucose, fructose, and starch.

  3. Mary says:

    I couldn’t agree more~

  4. Peter says:

    Fats are indeed very essential. It is this craze that has set idea of eating any fat at all in an absolute tailspin. One of my favorite statistics: Between 1976 and 2000, America has decreased its fat intake by 11% and its calories by 4%, yet obesity is up an astounding 31%! (from Anticancer).

    We have come to believe that fat is evil and we should avoid it at all costs, when in fact we need it for so many things from forming the lipid layer of a tear to maintaining overall health.

    You are more likely to get fat from eating those fat-free and no-fat products overly advertised to you at the local grocery store, than the fat found naturally in nuts, seeds, veggies, etc…

    Nice post…

    LIVE Longer We Will

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  6. Leigh says:

    JinJee,
    Beautiful article! I’ve totally felt the hesitancy to bring back in fats, especially after all the viral media coverage on the “harm of fats,” and how they contribute to a host of disease.
    Only now are we beginning to recognize the benefits and drawbacks of all our macronutrients, like carbohydrates and proteins. Fats are a wonderful source of energy and are an ancestral form of food stuffs we have completely overlooked.
    I featured this article in my most recent post on my blog. Hope you appreciate the after-thoughts! Happy Holidays, JinJee!
    -Leigh

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