‘I’m cutting avocado out of my diet because it is high in fat’.
I’m going to take a wild guess the avocado isn’t the reason why you’re fat. Maybe it’s 3 cans of coke you have each day. Perhaps it is your sedentary lifestyle, fast-food and ice-cream.
I spoke to somebody who makes her own pesto. Her reason being that supermarket pesto has too much oil, which is high in fat. She makes her own pesto with less oil.
When I heard this, I wanted to staple my face.
1:Pesto is made of three main ingredients:
ALL OF THESE ARE SOURCES OF FAT. By reducing the oil, you will have to increase the cheese and nuts.
2: The oil in pesto is olive oil. Olive oil is practically wizardry. It is involved in bodyfat oxidation, reducing cholesterol, and optimising cardiac energy metabolism.* If anything, you want more olive oil.
3: Wait, what are you adding your pesto on to?
Oh, pasta. Right. 350kcal of starchy carbs per serving. But that couldn’t possibly be the problem.
This mindset comes from somebody being totally fixated on the idea that ‘fat makes you fat’, causing them to disregard any other possibilities.
When trying to lose fat: Pay attention to your food source and your total calorie intake. These are the things that matter. Don’t kid yourself: Bad lifestyle and excess calories make you fat, not avocado and olive oil.
Nutrition Journal, doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-9-46 “Effects of olive oil and its minor phenolic constituents on obesity-induced cardiac metabolic changes”
G.M.X. Ebaid, F.R.F. Seiva, K.K.H.R. Rocha, G.A. Souza, E.L.B. Novelli