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Week 10: The Real Food Challenge – No Refined Oils

If you’re looking for Week 9: No refined sweeteners here‘s the post, which I did earlier.

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The Real Food Challenge” has taught so much about fats and oils. For example, “low fat” isn’t as good as I thought it was. In fact, “low fat” products actually makes you fatter because it’s loaded with sugar or sugar substitutes, which are artificial.

When I was on “Week 6: No low fat, lite or reduced fat food“, I found out that:

Recent research indicates that “dietary fat is needed for good health, as fats supply energy and fatty acids, in addition to supplying fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K.” (Source: journal articles listed in Wikipedia).

That’s right, our bodies need fat in order to process fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.

Not all fats and oils are created equal though and here’s where refined oils come into the picture. This part of the challenge states:

“No refined or hydrogenated oils including (but not limited to):

– vegetable oil, organic vegetable oil, soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil, organic canola oil, margarine, and grape seed oil.”

Check it out – almost all the oils we use or food sellers use are made of refined oils.


If you REALLY want to know all about refined oils, you should read this publication by the JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN OIL CHEMISTS’ SOCIETY. Although it includes both refined oils for consumption (eating) and industry, it’s quite a thorough study examining the different process of oil refinery.

Anyhow, I went on this “Real Food Challenge” to improve my health and my family’s health, which involves eating as little or no processed foods as possible.

Instead, I am opting to go “back to nature” i.e. eating foods that are in their natural forms.

Of course, this means substituting our cooking oil (which has been either corn oil, peanut oil or sunflower oil, all of which are refined oils) to either butter, coconut oil or olive oil.

I have a lot of butter in the fridge and just bought 2 bottles of beautiful olive oil.

Man, I wish I was moving to the US – then I could buy all sorts of natural oils cheap!

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