Fat Soluble

“Aren’t you on some strange diet?” someone I knew asked me in an accusative tone. The stimulus for her line of query was the fact that I had just poured some olive oil onto a salad that I was eating. I suppose it set me up to be fair game; also given the reputation I have build over the past few years. Was I on a diet? Well not really because I was eating everything I desired and also eating fairly copious quantities. Besides, I had just poured olive oil, hadn’t I? What sort of diet plan involves drinking oil like its the blood of Jesus? As it turns out, a really good one actually. I am not deeply religious but consuming healthy oils within limit might truly act like the hand of god working for you.

Our body needs various macro and micro nutrients. The micro nutrients involve several vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B, C, D, K and minerals like copper, zinc, potassium etc. I turn my gaze on Vitamins A, D, E and K. These vitamins are absorbed by fat globules in your body. You require very small quantities of these vitamins but here is the nub, your body cannot absorb it if you do not have fat in your food. These vitamins play a role in enhancing vision, building your immunity, the growth of your bones, managing your blood sugar levels, improving blood circulation and help your blood clot to name a few. These are much needed skills for your body to be  in good health.

So if you are eating a salad that contains spinach and broccoli infused with the goodness of carrots and squash, let the oil flow. The vitamins in these vegetables can only be absorbed with fat. The next time you are at Sunday school ask your priest for olive oil, unless of course you are already carrying large quantities of fat around your belly.

PS: Natural, unrefined, cold pressed oils that have not been heated are best because oils turn rancid fairly quickly


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.