We have a friend who’s been 100% raw for about 6 years or so.
And when we met him we thought he was following a low fat Raw Food Diet. In fact, that’s the kind of diet he believes in. Though he thinks a little extra fat isn’t a problem…
But when he spent time in our home it was obvious to us at least (but not so obvious to him) that he was far from eating low fat raw.
He was actually an avocado junkie. Easily eating 3 or more per day some of these avocados were massive 4 times the size of a Hass avocado. And on top of that he’d often eat young coconut meat as well which can be quite high in fat depending on its level of maturity or thickness of the meat.
Heck, we were shocked when we saw him eating avocados for breakfast as well. Some days he’d eat avocado at every meal. And he’d eat them with fruit which is something I don’t recommend.
Overall, we figured he was eating anywhere from 35 to 50% of his calories from fat. And he ate a lot of sweet fruit as well.
One of his justifications for eating avocados was that they’re such a nutrient dense food. But in reality they’re fairly high in vitamins and fairly low in minerals compared to other fatty foods. And since fruit in general is high in vitamins we don’t need to get them from avocados.
Sunflower and sesame seeds are much more mineral rich than avocados will ever be and therefore you can eat a lot less of them and get many of your body’s mineral needs met.
While avocado is a great fruit, there are some serious health considerations to think about when eating so many of them daily. Even if you’re a raw foodist or vegan.
Today I’ll just get into one of those issues.
** The Omega 6 to 3 Ratio **
Avocados have 15 times more Omega 6 fatty acids than Omega 3. That’s not a good thing at all.
According to a study written about in the June 6th, 2006 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2006 by Philip C. Calder having much higher levels of Omega 6 fatty acids to 3 has been associated with heart attacks, thrombotic stroke, arrhythmia, arthritis, osteoporosis, inflammation, mood disorders, obesity, and cancer.
Even though vegans have much lower levels of cholesterol they still have a similar if not higher level of heart attacks than meat eaters and it appears to be because they have a much higher ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids in their bodies.
People studied who had the same cholesterol levels as the general population but had a 4 to 1 ratio of Omega 6 to 3 had 75% less heart attacks than the group of people on the “recommended heart healthy diet.”
The great news is that if you eat a Raw Food Diet that’s mostly made up of fruits and vegetables your going to get an approximate Omega 6 to 3 ratio of 1 to 1 or at most 3 to 1.
Up to a 4 to 1 ratio is considered healthy. Though 1 to 1 is thought to be ideal.
The ratio in avocados is a dangerous 15 to 1. Even though a majority of the fat in avocados monounsaturated they still have significant levels of Omega 6 fatty acids.
The bottom line for raw foodists.
It’s ok to eat avocados now and then. But if you make it your staple you’re asking for a heart attack down the road.
So why does our friend eat so many avocados?
He says it helps numb him down, a way of dealing with his emotions.
The thing is, food shouldn’t be doing that for you. That’s why we go raw, to gain health and to be able to fully perceive and deal with our emotions.
I say why not just eat Savory Veggie Stews? They fulfill my needs for something savory and hearty at dinnertime. I never have cooked food cravings anymore. And I definitely don’t crave a lot of fat.
I’m completely at bliss with my diet and feel balanced and fulfilled. No secret cravings hitting me left and right like they do for people who don’t get enough greens in their diets.
And I don’t eat fatty foods every day and I certainly don’t even eat 1 avocado per day on average.
I don’t want to because I feel completely satisfied due to my huge intake of mineral, vitamin, antioxidant, fiber and phytonutrient rich greens like spinach.
So if you’re a raw food vegan or vegetarian you seriously have to look at your levels and ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids. This is another reason why a lower fat raw food diet works so well.
By consuming less fat overall you’ll have a lower chance of skewing your Omega 6 to 3 ratio towards more Omega 6.
So if you’re gorging yourself on avocados every day, maybe it’s time you joined a local branch of Avocados Anonymous.
To Your Radiant Health, Happiness, Fitness and Infinite Potential,
The Youth Restorer
P.S. I can provide you with unlimited raw food support at a very reasonable price via my Raw Food Diet coaching and support website…
Heck, I might even open a special Avocados Anonymous forum at How To Go Raw.
If you’re struggling with eating too much fat and or having problems dealing with your emotions because you can no longer suppress them with ice cream and cookies — I’m there to help.