Oil in the Diet


Q. How much oil do you need in your diet every day?


I’ve never met a person in America on a typical diet who needed to take more fat and oil in. If you’re eating a balanced diet, even if you exclude all the added fat, if you’re eating things like nuts and seeds, avocados, olives, some coconut, you actually get plenty of fat. The only way you wouldn’t get enough of the essential fats is if you were on a very refined diet. For example, let’s say you were on an all-fruit diet for a prolonged period of time. Sure, fruit is very low in fat; you could get a problem with an essential fatty acid deficiency. But we almost never see that. In the old days we used to see it in people who were on total parenteral nutrition getting fed by vein, and they weren’t being given extra fat. Now we always give them fat by vein as well. So it’s really not a concern about not getting enough fat, unless you’d be on some extremely restricted diet.

Comments ( 3 ) Leave a Comment
  1. 1 Mitch Jun 7, 2012, 10:27 PM PDT

    Dr. Oz is promoting the use of coconut oil for lowering of your cholesterol.  Is this wise, isn’t it just another fat?

  2. 2 Ann Nov 2, 2012, 4:28 PM PDT

    Is home made gluten something that should be part of
    a diet for a healthy vegan or should we just leave it alone?

  3. 3 Ignacio Apr 4, 2019, 12:35 AM PDT

    If you are trying to lose weight, then you should aim to cut your consumption by 500 to 1,000 calories from your current levels of daily intake. For example, if your usual intake is 2,500 calories a day, then try to take 1,500 to 2,000 calories a day in order to lose 1 to 2 pounds (0.9 Kgs) weekly. For many adults, an intake of 1,200 to 1,600 calories per day does the trick (run 3)!

    Institute of Medicine from America recommends 20-35 percent of fat in your diet per day which is approximately 70 grams daily .

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