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March 17, 2011



Thanks for a very informative post, a timely one for me. Just this week my food tracker has been telling me that my diet is too low in fat and that it should be a minimum of 15 per cent. Now I understand the absorbtion issue better.

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Yes, my food tracker always says my fat intake is too low, as well--but it's based on Western standards--not exactly the best measure. Just to prevent any confusion--when Dr. Neal Barnard recommends 20-30 grams of fat a day for a healthy diet--that's 180-270 fat calories a day. So if you were eating 1800 calories a day--then your fat percentage would be 10% of your calories. Each gram of fat has 9 calories.

I'm always withing Dr. Barnard's guidelines.


Thanks for posting all of this great information. I quite annoyingly regularly get attacked for my viewpoints on oil. It is such a battle to get this un-truth debunked from the American line of thinking. It's great to have more ammo.

LOVE your blog and it's my 'go-to' spot for Vegan Science!

Thanks again,
Sue in Ohio, where spring is threatening to arrive...yeah!

Sugar Pie

If you don't mind me asking, what food tracker do you use or recommend? Sounds like a very useful tool! Thanks!


Thanks for a terrific, comprehensive post. What a great piece of information about Proctor and Gamble sponsoring that study. I guess I should have assumed it was something like that. Stay tuned - right now they're probably working on the next study, showing that salad actually blocks the absorption of nutrients (all that pesky fiber) so what you want to do is just chug the oil directly from the bottle.

I was curious what that swamp cabbage they fed to the Filipino kids could be. There's something that grows in the mud near me which I've been calling swamp cabbage, and as far as I know it's inedible. Turns out my swamp cabbage is really called skunk cabbage, and the Filipino swamp cabbage is what I've known as Chinese Water Spinach. Little vegetable trivia there.



Another excellent post. Thank you.

This past week I read an interesting evidence-based article on cholestrol. The low or no-added fat is directed to cholesterol and so it might be relevant to this post.

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