I am not a medical/health/emotional/financial /nutrition or any other kind of expert as far as it concerns the contents of this blog,  therefore anything written on the blog is not to be taken as any kind of advice, and should you choose to rely on anything  I write on this blog- you are doing it at your own risk and on your own responsibility.

So lately I’ve been thinking about nutritional axioms.

Axiom being “a statement accepted as true“-for example- “one cannot give what he doesn’t have”. or- “olive oil is very healthy!”. or- “cooking always destroys the nutritional value of food”.

I urge you to remember I am writing on the sole basis of constant research through the web, I definitely did not conduct any academic research on these 2 subjects- nor will I ever go about conducting such research.

But- I refuse to accept “axioms” .

When anybody searches the web for “Olive oil nutritional value” the results are unanimous: “superfood!”, “absolutely good for you!”.

It gets to the point where people actually gulp down a tbsp of olive oil in the morning- no salad or other food near by.

Growing up- and also as a full-grown up- I thought so too- it’s tasty- that’s for sure, and easy to cook with, and if it’s healthy too- why not go for it and pour away?

But recently I started wondering about facts and -well- axioms- and decided it was time to check the actual nutritional value of olive oil.

Here it is:

Check out for yourselves- o protein, negligible fiber, “not a significant source of vitamin A, C, calcium, or iron. But! fat of all sorts- definitely.

Then I read the following article in forks over knives, which explains that olive oil IS healthy- relatively.

Meaning- it is healthier than chicken fat or beef fat- but it is -nontheless- fat.

https://www.forksoverknives.com/wellness/new-olive-oil-study-sparks-questions-whole-food-plant-based/

“But how can I cook without any fat??”( I asked myself).

“Well; you won’t know until you try”(Asked- and answered by myself). 

So- for the past 3 months I haven’t used olive oil -or any other kind of oil for that matter- in my food. 

Turns out I don’t even notice -it’s summer and I eat mostly raw (vegan) anyway , the only cooked food I eat is my 1 cup boiled legume of choice (beans, chickpeas, lentils, green peas. tofu) with 0.5 cup of cooked grain of choice (buckwheat, bulgur, and lately even quinoa! wow I did hate quinoa but now I got used to it) , so all I need to do in order to heat the said mixture is toss it about in my non stick frying pan, and if I sense trouble (it’s about to stick to the pan forever kind of trouble) I just add a little bit of boiling water and keep stirring with my wooden spatula and everything is well. 

But the taste is bland! you must be thinking. 

Well- where there’s a will there’s a way . 

I started making a new peanut butter* salad dressing that is “good fat” plus contains -for 1 tbsp- about 100 calories, 4.5 grams of protein (!) 1,5 grams of fiber, and considered a good source of niacin , manganese, and vitamins E+B6.   https://www.webmd.com/diet/peanut-butter-good-for-you

I mix 1 tbsp of peanut butter (no additives-except for the crushed peanuts- I love them) with 1 tbsp of soy milk, and 1 tbsp lemon. and add my Himalaya salt. if the mixture is too thick for the legume+grain+vegetable salad- then I add 1 tbsp of soy milk and stir well.

*Naturally- if you are allergic to peanuts- skip this idea.  

Turns out –for me – the salad is much tastier, definitely healthier, no hassle involved, and an added amount of protein on the way. 

Another option is tahini dressing: 1:1 ratio of raw tahini and water +lemon and salt. and the third option is homemade hummus used as salad dressing, yep I do that. and it tastes good too. 

As usual- do whatever you want- but remeber- not everything we were taught when we were young has to become an axiom. 

Enjoy- the cooliflower. 

Published by wiseassvegan

an organized full time working vegan -with plenty of ideas on getting everything done in the most simple and efficient way possible.

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  1. Without having to quote medical / scientific journal stuff I’ve been looking at of late: Something, something, something to do with people breaking their hips due to being less padded out, not it being due to being veggie. Less medical / science and this is my words: ‘I’m content with a few extra pounds, I live in here just fine, looking out at the discontented world of humans and that makes me sigh’.

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