Most raw vegans use coconut oil, some more than others. I am one who doesn’t use it that much. I like to eat the actual coconut meat and drink the water. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat, but one that is neither a menace nor a miracle food. Coconut should be treated in much the same way as other high-fat plant foods-enjoyed primarily as a whole food.
Coconuts are loaded with:
powerful antimicrobial properties (Page 138)
Moderate amounts of higher-fat whole plant foods make the foods you eat more pleasurable and increase the nutritional quality of your diet. Minimize your use of concentrated oils.
If you use oils, stick mainly to those that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Concentrated oils contain few nutrients besides fat, so when too many calories in the diet come from oil, the amount of vitamins and minerals you eat may fall below desirable levels. (Page 140)
The information shared in this post is can be found in Becoming Raw: Chapter 7 – Fat: Friends and Foes, by Brenda Davis, Vesanto Melina with Rynn Berry.
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Thanks for this Evelyn. As you already know, I'm on a raw food feast for the next month or so. You must have read my mind with this post because I'm thinking about adding some nuts to my feast. My problem is that nuts are my comfort food now and I can really get at them! I'm still on the fence but it would've been easier to stick with the nut-less feast without this wonderful post. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Life is great!
Hi Ali, ooops, I'm sorry! :( (decisions)
Yeap, I know and when you mentioned in your video that you would not do any nuts. I was like hummm. Well, I got the idea to share this information from what you mentioned in your video. While reading Becoming Raw, I came across this chapter that really helped me understand the importance of fat.
You don't have to eat a handful of nuts/seeds everyday, you can eat them in many different ways on different days. Nut milks, pates, sprinkled on a salads, blended in salad dresses and sauces, added to a smoothie. It doesn't take much.
If you want to stay away from the nuts, then you can add the other foods (avocados, olives, coconut, seeds). There are ways you can avoid nuts.
@Evelyn Yeah, I hear you but it truly is something I am working on. I have tremendous will-power but it's easier to avoid than to "ration". I'll probably do some avocados or something. Pistachios, cashews & in-shell peanuts are definitely my chocolate replacements. Maybe I can get a small supply at a time. I don't know but I would like to incorporate it in this Raw Food Feast. Thanks for your suggestions! (o:
I totally understand. Avocados sound good...full of the fat and protein.
Incorporating the nuts into your diet a little at a time, is probably the best thing you can do. Are these nuts you speak of raw?
Best wishes and I look forward to seeing how your Raw Food Feast goes!