Avocado and Cholesterol

Q: Isn’t using avocado regularly too much fat – the high cholesterol stuff! – Grace P.

A: Only animal foods have cholesterol! But …
Excess cholesterol can be produced by overeating, eating excess white sugar, excess cooked animal foods such as meats, pasteurized dairy, fried foods, and eating sugary desserts after large meals.

For more information read our article on the subject here.

Avocados are a great source of essential fatty acids. Humans require 3 essential fatty acids, and if you eat avocado, raw nuts (Never roasted! Best are almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, brazil) and seeds (best are sunflower, sesame, flax, pumpkin), young coconuts (classified as a seed) and olives you will get all the fatty acids you require.

Fatty acids are important for hormone balance, weight loss, preventing hair loss, eczema-like skin eruptions, susceptibility to infections, arthritic conditions, liver or kidney degeneration, growth retardation and vision or learning problems. They are also great for natural chelation of poisons and toxins.

One of the greatest misconceptions about healthy raw fats is that people believe that fats cause you to get fat when in fact they can actually help you lose fat!

When you eat your fats raw you’re getting abundant amounts of an enzyme called lipase that is not present in cooked or processed fats! This can aid in elimination of stored excess fats from our bodies. This enzyme is most often missing in overweight people’s diet. So lipase from healthy, fresh raw fats can help with weight loss. Please remember 10-20% of one’s diet is an ideal ratio for Fats. Add to meals once or twice daily.

The unsaturated oils in some cooked foods become rancid in just a few hours, even at refrigerator temperatures, and are responsible for the stale taste of leftover foods.

Proper processing of oils is crucial, otherwise all good fats become rancid and turn into trans-fats! The oils need to be processed at low temperatures below 100F and must be in a light and oxygen impermeable container, which has been refrigerated.

When the body has used up the calories from carbohydrates , which occurs after the first 20 minutes of exercise, it begins to burn the calories from fat. The only food category your body stores is FAT. Not carbohydrates and not protein!

The 4 Main Types Of Fats:

Monounsaturated fat – olives, avocado
These lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol and protect against cancer.

Polyunsaturated fat – sunflower, hemp, flaxseed, pumpkin seed, fish
These are high in omega-6 and omega-3 EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids). They are liquid at refrigerator temperature.

Saturated fat – (raw) butter, coconut (also has acid that is present in mother’s breast milk! Raw (unpasteurized) dairy products and raw meats, such as raw fish (sashimi). Unhealthy saturated fats are in cooked animal products and dairy foods. Saturated fats are usually solid or almost solid at room temperature. They raise cholesterol levels and LDL cholesterol levels.

Trans-fatty acids – often referred to as hydrogenated fats – margarine, shortenings, commercial baked goods, processed and fried foods. All are 100% cancer causing! One can see the immediate damage to the cells under live blood cell microscopy. Quite amazing to see the results of bad fats on live blood in front of your eyes! Trans-fatty acids are one of the most damaging foods!

The only fat recommended to cook with is a fat called Ghee. This is clarified butter. We recommend this as the safest fat to cook with. When using healthy raw fats please wait until the food has cooled down to warm temperature, so as not to damage the enzymes and avoid turning it into a trans-fatty acid.

Fats provide 9 Calories per gram – more than double that of carbs or protein!

The metabolic rate of people in Yucatan, where coconut is a staple food, averaged 25% higher than that of people in the United States. Unsaturated trans-fats suppress the metabolic rate, apparently creating hypothyroidism.

So try some healthy raw fats and Stay Forever Healthy!

Recommended reading:

“Know Your Fats” by Mary Enig Ph.D.
“Conscious Eating ” by Gabriel Cousens

See Main Entree Recipes for a healthy tasty raw fats that can be added to anyone’s healthy eating lifestyle.

Web sites links:

www.fatsforhealth.com/library/libitems/omega6.php3
http://www.efn.org/~raypeat/nutri.html