In this video Dr.Joel Fuhrman talks about the value of healthy fats in the diet. This information will be very interesting for anyone who has had less than optimal results with low fat diets, or anyone with a health condition such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity that are directly related to what we eat.
Dr.Furhman is someone who I greatly respect for his presentations of information based on thorough scientific research. Although he doesn’t advocate a 100% raw diet he highlights the importance of eating a very high intake of vegetables and fruits with smaller amounts of nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes.
One of the most relevant points he makes are how refined oils – even those commonly regarded as heart healthy such as olive oil – are actually not the best choice. It is far better to select whole food sources of fats such as avocados, flaxseeds, hempseeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, almonds and coconut.
The most important factor determining whether a food is healthy for us is the ratio of micronutrients to calories in a food. Oils, sugar, refined carbohydrates and animal products contribute very few nutrients and not surprisingly are the main culprits contributing to obesity.
Dr.Fuhrman is the author of Eat For Health: Lose Weight, Keep It Off, Look Younger, Live Longer and Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free.