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Nuts, Seeds, & Avocados Healthy for CVD? | Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D.

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Bananiac asks Dr. Esselstyn about his thoughts on fatty, whole plant foods and why he recommends not eating them in "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease." Should those who have cardiovascular disease be consuming foods high in fat like nuts, seeds, avocados, coconuts, olives, and oils?

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  1. He’s strict because he ain’t playin. There is nothing in nuts and avocado
    that you need that can’t be obtained from another source. “No oil!” and
    I’m looking directly at you olive oil and coconut oil. They epitomize the
    term junk food. Like he said, it is not uncommon to find vegans with heart
    disease so it’s not just the meat, dairy, and eggs that cause this deadly
    condition. Eat whole plant foods and be careful with nuts, seeds, and
    avocados. Oil, sugar, and flour aren’t whole foods.

  2. Yes, if you follow the Mediterranean diet research carefully and even the
    rigged olive oil studies, they indicate the oil is not healthful. The
    monkey and rat studies also show this. The human studies on oil include
    actual measurements of artery thickening with ultrasound. Some argue you
    don’t get vegetable nutrient absorption without added fat. That is
    conceivable but perhaps solved by the tablespoon of ground flax but some
    say enough absorption occurs anyway thanks too the bile and gut bacteria.
    And oils and nuts don’t have good omega 3 to omega 6 ratios. And the body
    needs so little omega 3 which is easily attained through whole foods
    grains, tubers, vegetables. Fruits have much less omega 3 so if you over do
    fruits you conceivably might get low but that needs expert research
    discussion.

    1. +The Artificial Society
      The reason Mediterraneans were healthy decades ago is because the were
      farmers or fisherman or other hard workers. They ate a lot of olive oil but
      they ate a lot of vegetables, fruit, lean meats. They were not fat because
      they worked so hard. It would be proper to say they were healthy in spite
      of eating a lot of olive oil, not because of it.

    1. Yeah. Quite a big contradiction between the two. Greger is big proponent of
      nuts. However Esselstyn actually seems to suggest that you can be
      disciplined enough to limit your nut intake to say, a few nuts, then it’s
      fine. His concern is that it is not possible. In fact Tim ferris considers
      nuts as domino food. you have one and then you can’t stop. What i do is i
      take a specific amount with me and once those are finished there aren’t any
      more so i am not at risk of binging. Whole nuts, though high in fats are
      actually not completely digested. The oil digested is actually the oil
      squeezed out while munching; so not all of it.

    2. Dr Greger says 1 Ounce of nuts a day is good for you but more can be bad –
      so both doctors basically agree and are trying to keep fats at about 10% –
      Dr Esselstyn seems to know me (us) because when I start eating nuts I
      cannot stop until I have eaten 3 or 4 ounces a day and that is too much + I
      love free avocados so my fat is too high even being vegan

  3. I am so glad that is cleared up. I see now why Dr. Esselstyn has
    “preached” the way he has. I was a bit perturbed because I love avocados
    and have always believed them good for me. But, no, I cannot eat them as
    much as I’d like. I agree with that. I manage to limit my beloved
    avocados to only one a week. Now, I want to work on cutting down the
    almonds and other nuts. 

    1. +John Galt All oil is REFINED PROCESSED fat. He advocates a complete
      balanced WHOLE FOOD plant based low sugar low fat regimen. he does NOT
      support faddist fruitarian or raw or whatever other belief based make it up
      as you go faddist approach.
      Is refined oil a whole food????? Any nutrients your body needs can be
      gotten via whole foods. And one should limit such high fat whole foods as
      avocados and nuts as your body needs only small amounts of fat – with
      excess being deleterious to endothelial inflammation.
      And you are similarly myopic if you ignore the problems directly associated
      with meat – ranging from IGF-1, heterocyclic amines, PHIP, TMAOs, zoonosis,
      etc. etc. etc. There is nothing beneficial in meat that cannot be gotten
      from whole plants.

    2. +John Galt
      So? So is poison ivy. That does not mean that parts of a whole food may not
      contain too much fat or another unhealthy substance. Avocado is an example
      of such a plant food part, as are nuts. Most whole plant foods contain an
      optimal balance of nutrients, but select parts of plants, such as their
      fruit and nuts may exhibit greater concentrations of nutrients.
      Rather than try to focus on words and labels, you would do better to learn
      more about what causes endothelial inflammation.

    3. +ShinySilverBunny
      The fundamental problem with oils/fats, aside from their being the most
      nutritionally sparse calorie dense material, is that the cause endothelial
      inflammation and damage. And this has significant secondary impact on MANY
      systems in the body, including, but not limited to NO (nitric oxide)
      production and resulting issues regarding flow mediated dilation for 4-6
      hours after ingestion!

  4. Just once I wish that someone doing these myriad interviews of people had
    some semblance of a clue regarding what the person being interviewed
    advocates and thus had coherent INTELLIGENT questions designed to actually
    illuminate and amplify the message instead of simply demonstrating that
    they were ill prepared and ignorant of the message.
    Esselstyn is great, but this ‘interview’ is painful.

    1. No need! Simply reference the actual vetted sources – who are very clear in
      their positions about the actual evidence based science – and stop
      searching for the myriad unqualified third party interpreters.
      Problem solved.

    1. +Will Taylor The problem with Esselstyns argumentation is that he thinks
      nuts/seeds are the same like oils which is wrong. Nuts and seeds are whole
      foods, with fibre and nutrients. Oil is a refined food without any
      nutrients or fibre. Nuts and seeds are associated with weightloss and
      improvement in health. Sure if you only eat nuts or seeds its not the best
      kind of nutrition, but if you include them in your meal its great (it is
      healthy and improves the absorbtion of nutrients). Check out Dr. Fuhrman,
      he has a different perspective than Esselstyn.

    2. +IDevILordI cheers! i’ve been checking out some of the vids on
      Nutritionfacts.org (the awesome Dr and there seems to be a fair whack of
      research that shows the multiple health benefits of nuts. One vid in
      particular shows the need for a portion of fat with meal to absorb some
      nutrients. Nuts (and seeds) are definately back in.

  5. Thanks so much for the short video. I am vegan and I´m having trouble
    dealing with this no olive oil thing. I understand the reasons, but it´s
    just so hard.

  6. David Wolfe the “nutritionist ?? ” advocates eating lots of avocados. He
    probably nicknames himself “The Avocado Man”. A lot of people follow the
    “teachings ??” of David Wolfe.

  7. vegans eat fried food in plant oils, vegans eat sugary desserts, vegans eat
    high glycemic foods, I know, I am a culinary instructor and taught vegans,
    they love their sweets, however, its the sugar that raise problems (the
    triglycerides) regarding heart issues, and yes, of course NO ONE should be
    eating French fries and high fat fried foods That fat is bad bad bad….

  8. Has anyone noticed Dr. Esselstyn is acting a little strange in this video?
    It looks to me like he’s a little drunk.
    I wouldn’t listen too much to what he says. Avocados, and nuts and seeds
    are not good for you? ABSOLUTE RUBBISH!!! Would GOD ALMIGHTY IN HEAVEN give
    us these foods if it wasn’t good for us? Does this mean that all the little
    creatures of the Earth that also eat nuts and seeds are going to get heart
    disease? And now he says a little sesame seeds are ok? Healthy foods in
    moderation people. You can’t go wrong with that.
    People, do your homework and make up your own minds about what foods to
    eat, and be careful of these quacks who are out to make a quick buck on
    their books.
    People should sober up before making a video.

    1. A Small amount of hazelnuts turned into candy with the single largest
      ingredient being refined sugar – all while being very high in fat.
      Ingredients: Nutella contains hazelnuts, cocoa powder, skim milk powder,
      vegetable oil, sugar, soy lecithin and vanillin
      In other words: unhealthy crap.

  9. of course u can have grains as long as they are in whole form and not
    processed. coventional docs who make their living by telling their diabetic
    patients sugar is the culprit, when FAT is the problem, and its fat that
    actually causes diabetes, and, in my opinion its criminal for them to keep
    their patients sick when in most cases, its 100% reversable…watch dr.
    mcdougall lecture on diabetes, educate yourself and become an advocate for
    your own health!!!

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