Vegetable Oil and Whole30
Whole30 is a nutrition plan designed to realign a person’s eating habits to beneficial health with 30 days of wholesome, nutritious eating. But can vegetable oil still be consumed during this 30-day period and considered “Whole30 compliant”?
What Is Whole30?
Whole30 is an elimination-based nutrition plan designed to improve overall health and wellness. During the 30-day period, all grains, dairy, legumes, added sugars, synthetic sweeteners, and all other “trigger” or unhealthy food and drink must be eliminated from the diet.
This includes all deep-fried foods, processed or pre-packaged items, and any foods that contain additives, preservatives, or added sugars.
What Kind of Oil Is Allowed on Whole30?
Fortunately, some types of oils are still allowed on the Whole30 nutrition plan. These include:
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Palm Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Flaxseed Oil
Can Vegetable Oil Be Consumed On Whole30?
Unfortunately, vegetable oil is not allowed on the Whole30 nutrition plan and must be avoided for the duration of the 30 days. The reason for this is because vegetable oil is a highly refined product, and is high in omega-6 fatty acids. These are the same fatty acids that can lead to an imbalance in the body’s essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid levels.
Raw and unrefined oils are usually a better choice than vegetable oils since they are often higher in omega 3s and antioxidants, and are less likely to cause inflammation in the body.
Vegetable oil is not allowed on the Whole30 nutrition plan, and should be avoided for the duration of the 30 days. Healthy, unrefined oils such as olive, coconut, avocado, ghee, and others are still allowed on the Whole30 diet and should be consumed in place of vegetable oil.