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Ask a Health Coach: Seed Oils, the Kiddos, and Eating Out -IndiaBlogger.in

Hey guys, board-certified health coach Chloe Malesky is here to answer your questions about seed oils. Whether you’re wondering if they’re really that bad, trying to avoid them when eating out, or looking for healthy treats for kids, you’ll learn some helpful tips and strategies. Have a question you would like to ask our fitness trainers? Leave it in the comments below or in Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook group.

Marta asked:
“Are seed oils really that bad? Are they okay in moderation? They’re in all the foods my toddler loves to eat! Crackers, granola bars, muffins… not to mention when eating out!”

Ah… I know. Highly refined seed oils are cheap and everywhere. Yes, we find them among the usual suspects: fast food, highly processed food, and most traditional food that is packaged and ready to eat. They also hide where less is expected, including foods marketed as “healthy” and restaurants and hot bars that might otherwise pass off as primal.

Unfortunately, the answer to your first question is yes. They are highly refined seeds and vegetable oils. bad. Even in moderation, they can be harmful to health.

While some people are more sensitive to highly refined seed oils than others, they can cause inflammation in almost everyone. Chronic, systemic inflammation is a curse of modern times. It is involved in countless minor ailments as well as serious diseases like heart disease and cancer. It also weakens our normal immune system response, as the body is too preoccupied with active, ongoing inflammation to properly deal with exposure to bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Now, that doesn’t mean you have to (or can) avoid inflammatory oils altogether—especially when eating out. Depending on priorities and life circumstances, this can be a great place to lean into the 80/20 principle: “In terms of full and serious commitment, an overall 80 percent compliance with the 10 Primal Blueprint Rules will yield a solid healthy outcome. “

It’s not a green light to choose foods that contain seed oil 20 percent of the time. Highly processed, anti-inflammatory oils are never healthy, even in moderation. But if you aim to avoid them completely and occasionally miss out on the slightest, the overall results will still be on the side of the healthy. In other words: Do your best, but don’t stress about perfection.

Which Oils Are Bad for You Anyway?

The fact that you’re asking these questions means you’re already on track! Once you know what to look for and find trustworthy staples, it’s easy to avoid highly refined, inflammatory oils.

As a starting place, let’s consider your child’s favorites. Since crackers, granola bars and muffins are usually snacks and treats rather than a primary food source, it’s best not to go overboard in any case (whether they contain unhealthy oils or not).

That said, sometimes a kid (or adult!) just wants a muffin. In those cases, it’s wise to check the ingredients when you buy any type of snacks and treats. Canola oil is a particularly prevalent one to watch out for. Most canola oil is extracted chemically using the harsh petroleum-derived solvent hexane before going through other steps such as bleaching and deodorizing – all of which require heat and heat-generated degeneration. No need to remember these details! Just know that canola oil is neither a complete nor a healthy food.

Other common offenders include Soybean oil, corn oil, grapeseed oil, and safflower oil. Like canola, these typically undergo extensive industrial processing and often come from genetically modified, heavily pesticide-treated crops.

However, not all oils are unhealthy! In addition, the production of any type of oil involves a certain amount of processing. The important thing is to stay away from pesticide-laden crops that require large-scale processing in industrial plants. You can find a handy comparison of healthy and unhealthy oils here, and can Download the Free Guide to Fats and Oils Here,

“But, mmm…”

Does this mean no store-bought treats? Not necessarily! More and more Paleo and Primal brands are making helpful changes, including skipping the inflammatory seed oil and choosing better-for-you options like avocado oil and coconut oil. Read your labels closely, stick with brands you trust, and you’ll find healthier options to satisfy that urge for packaged, ready-to-eat snacks and condiments.

If cooking at home is in the cards, you and your child have even more wholesome (or healthier) options! Our extensive recipe archive of Primal Treats and Primal Snacks is a great start. Also check out Nomnom Paleo, where Paleo mom Michelle Tam shares an abundance of kid-friendly meals and meal prep inspiration.

If you’re going the above route, you can also Involve your child in the process—slowly sowing the seed that “healthy food is delicious and cooking is fun.” Food preferences are triggered early and it can be very difficult to shift them later. Whatever small steps you can take to make healthy swaps for yourself and your baby, they’ll be less likely to become addicted to useless stuff later.

Of course, something that rarely works is putting pressure on kids to make healthier choices! One of the best things you can do is find a perfect way to eat and live without making it a big deal. If you’re looking to enjoy healthy, tasty meals without any added fuss or stress, it will go a long way in inculcating healthy habits in kiddos.

As a Primal Health Coach, it’s great to see! By simply changing your eating patterns and relationships with food, you will make a huge impact on any little one who watches.

And while eating out?

Same goes for restaurants and hot bars: Ask about ingredients, make polite requests, choose the best available option, and remember the 80/20 rule.

Restaurants are often open to steaming or grilling vegetables and serving any sauces or dressings. If you can find a restaurant that’s prepared to cook your food in butter or olive oil, all the better!

As more people make such requests and draw attention to unhealthy seed and vegetable oils, more restaurants are taking notice and offering alternatives. As long as you are respectful and recognize that not all establishments are able or willing to make replacements, asking never hurts and can help create change.

If your kids are watching, even better! This is a great opportunity for respectful inquiry and self-advocacy, like modeling, starting a conversation about why food choices matter.

I realize these are big topics for young children… and for hardworking parents who have a lot! Even by asking these kinds of questions and keeping an eye on unhealthy seed oils, you’re already doing great.

If you want backup, consider working with a health coach! It’s more accessible than you might think, and we can help you find healthier solutions for you and your family. Visit myprimalcoach.com to check it out and get started!

Have any early, kid-friendly treats to share? Or tips on avoiding seed oil when eating out? Leave them or other questions for me in the comments!



About the Author

chloe Malesky is a board-certified primal health coach and personal trainer with a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. He is also the Head Coach at myPrimalCoach, the leading online health coaching service designed to help you lose weight and take control of your health throughout your life.

If you want to lose weight, gain strength and energy, sleep better, reduce stress, or manage chronic health conditions, myPrimalCoach can help. Take the myPrimalCoach Health Questionnaire to take the first step towards sustainable health and wellness.

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