Does raw food contain too much fat?
Any conclusions that I have come to are my own, based on my intuition of what works for me and not based on any specific nutritional training as I’m a chef and not a nutritionist.
In short, I think you have to notice what effect certain foods have on you and find a balance. Dr Gabriel Cousens of The Tree Of Life wrote an article explaining some people can do better with a little more fat than others. You can find that article here. I have found that to be true and I also like to have fairly regular blood tests done to help monitor the results.
The option alternative to having fat for calories, is to have a higher fruit content in the diet, which then brings the question, “is that too much sugar?” So again, it comes down to doing what works best for you, as ‘too much’ means such different things to different people. Another source of carbs within raw food that are not fatty or high in sugar would be sprouted quinoa and buckwheat.
I have found that fat in the form of avocado and a little oil and even seeds are preferable to nuts, but when I do eat nuts I have also found they are much easier to digest and feel like they are doing me more good when I soak them for a minimum of 4 hours.
For further reading, check these out:
A wonderful article on the ‘fat-free’ trend, and why we need healthy fats.
With regards to eating fat Vs putting on weight, this infographic from Dr Mercola may interest you.
There is also growing evidence that fat is not the problem it’s been made out to be in the last 50 years.
Thinking about counting calories? Check out this article.
The cholesterol myth that could be harming your health.