Don’t Give Me The “Fat Is Good For You” Line

In a message dated 11/8/01 2:47:21 PM, D writes:

I have been to the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego and benefited from it. However, most of what passes for raw here is full of nuts, seeds, and oil which I don't eat. I need to find more living foods based on sprouted legumes, grains, and vegetables. Please don't try to give me the "fat is good for you line." I have a severe liver condition that resulted from a drug poisoning in 1993. Even before then, I always followed a low fat, high carbohydrate diet and I do very well on it.

Dear D,

I am so sorry to hear about your drug poisoning. I am not a doctor so cannot advise you about any disease condition.

You say "raw here is full of nuts, seeds and oil". Where is here? Do you mean at Optimum?

I have been to the Optimum many times and as I recall they do not use any oil at all and very little nuts and seeds. The nuts and seeds that they do use are fermented into seed cheeses and sauces. The diet there is kind of sparse.

Most of the raw recipe books have a good selection of foods with and without nuts, seeds and oils, especially in the salad sections. However, for most people (with reasonably normal health) a little nut, seed or oil in the dish makes it more palatable for them. I won't expand on what you don't want to hear but for people without your particular problem at least, good raw fat is very important in the diet.

If you can tolerate just a little oil to hold grains and vegetables together, I can cite some recipes from my book, Hooked on Raw, that would fit into the type of recipes that you are looking for (concentrating more on vegetables, legumes and grains and less on nuts and seeds). You can also use LESS oil than the recipe calls for.

Masala Mung
Masala Medley
Curried Chick Peas and Carrots (take out the almonds)
Luscious Lasagna Primavera (use the primavera filling only – take out the pumpkin seeds and pine nuts)
Pasta Loco with Primavera or Marinara Sauce
Spicy Jamaican "Jerk" Veggies
Caribbean Wild Rice (can be made without the coconut – add a little oil just to hold it together)
Coconut Rice (take out the coconut and sesame seeds)
Broccoli & Mushrooms (reduce the oil)
Curried Sugar Snap Peas
Marinated Collard Ribbons
Most all of the Salad Recipes

Your question is a tough one because most of the raw chefs, myself included, have used good raw fats to add flavor, and taste satisfaction to the other components of the dish, whether vegetables, legumes or grains. Sometimes we've created very tasty concentrated nut and seed loaves and patés, but those are meant to be eaten in moderation and balanced with lots of salads and greens.

I thank you for pointing out that some people may have a problem with fats. I will keep it in mind for the future and will try to create more recipes of the type that you are looking for.

I'm not sure how long you've been on a raw diet but one thing that happens to people that have been on it a long time, they just naturally start to simplify their meals. It is just something that seems to happen. So, for example, where in the beginning some people need recipes to help transition themselves into raw eating – after awhile they are satisfied with much simpler fare. Also, over time, your taste buds refine to the point where you can taste the flavors of good organic foods without much condiment. So for example, a recent meal that I had that tasted wonderful and satisfied me was: 2 grated beets, 1 diced pear, 1 tsp. oil & dash of Celtic sea salt. According to some, not good food combining but it sure hit the spot with me.

In the end, we all carve out a raw diet for ourselves that suits our own individual taste and needs.

Wishing you an abundance of good health in the near future,



Postscript to my response above.

If I had been responding to this lady after I learned about L. Ron Hubbard's Purification Program, I would have suggested she look into that program for detoxing her liver from the drug poisoning that she sustained. I learned about Hubbards detox program as outlined in his book, Clear Body, Clear Mind in 2003 when I was searching for a way to detox the pollution I sustained from living in the vicinity of the 9/11 tragedy. The program helped me and my family and I also witnessed many world trade center firemen and first responders who were very sick and in danger of losing their jobs being detoxed and recovering from the toxic body burden they accumulated in the course of their work at WTC.

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