How much should we worry about vegetable oils. I reasonably reduce them in my diet but I also lead a fairly social life. This means eating out and eating what others have made. Is anybody else concerned about the ubiquity of vegetable oils in both “healthy” and “unhealthy” foods? PUFAs are one of those things that seem to get roundly trounced no matter how they’re looked at… i.e. they’ve been pretty solidly linked with inflammation, disease, and metabolic decline. How concerned should I be?
I get concerned about it to an extent, but I think there is a balance between healthy eating and living a happy low-stress life where you can go out with your friends. I hate that PUFAs are so ubiquitous, but what can you do? If you avoid fried food because that is where most PUFAs come from, and stuff that is swimming in oil, you’re probably ahead of the game. There really is no avoiding it completely without becoming a hermit. If you’re eating stuff fried in PUFA oil every day, I would imagine that is a big problem, but if you order more wisely most of the time, you don’t have to end up consuming that much.
In the book “Primal Body, Primal Mind” there is an incredible chapter on why vegetable oils are so harmful. I never knew why until I read that. Basically, the way they are extracted damages the oils horribly, even if it says “cold pressed” because there are like 20 additional steps it has to go through to get extracted. By the time the oil is bottled, the author says it is GUARANTEED to have significant amounts of trans-fat in it.
So that was enough for me to avoid them like the plague, especially when there are many more healthful oils out there (coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil). The poly-unsaturated oils have much more potential to be damaged because of their structure, than mono-unsaturated oils (olive oil) or saturated fats.