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Lecithin content in various oils?

How much lecithin is in various plant oils like olive, sunflower, soybean, canola, safflower, avocado, palm, coconut, etc.? Or in animal fats? cf. R. W. Bernard, Science Discovers the Physiological ...
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Due to potential for rancidity, are oil supplements better than nuts and seeds when one eats the latter only rarely?

I don't supplement with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, getting them from nuts and seeds instead. But recently I've read that polyunsaturated fatty acids become rancid soon, especially comparing to ...
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Alternative vegan sources of Omega 3

What are vegan sources of Omega 3 that are not algae, seeds, or nuts?
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Is organic palm oil harmful to animals?

I know palm oil production destroy the home of monkeys. However, is this still the case for organic palm oil? I'm talking about organic palm oil in the European Union since every country has ...
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Is fat necessary?

From searching around the only types of fat I found to be needed for good health are omega 3 and 6 and everyone suggests limiting omega 6 intake as much as possible because it reduces omega 3. Does ...
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Where do vegans get their Omega-3's? [not ALA]

I'm talking specifically EPA and DHA, neither of which are found in any food source except marine biota. Microalgae is the only vegan source I know of but it's almost nonexistent in most vegan ...
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Which vegetal foods grown in Canada are good sources of fat?

I'm trying to buy more locally-grown foods and rely less on imports, but when it comes to sources of plant-based fat that seems to be a bit of a challenge in Canada. Relying on imports can be ...
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What place do chia seeds have in cooking?

Apparently chia seeds are a very high source of polyunsaturated fatty acids and have a very favourable ratio of omega-6 to omega-3. In terms of nutritional quality they are very similar to flaxseed. ...
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Are there vegan Omega 3 pills?

I am being treated for ADHD and BiPolar disorder. My doctor advises me to take Omega 3 supplements. For about 15 years I have been following vegetarian diet. I found being so I found myself having ...
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How does cooking affect Omega 3 oils in flax, chia and other seeds?

I often use chia and flax seeds in my baking, mainly to help bind the mixture (sometimes to replace egg). I know they're a great source of Omega 3 (potentially scarce in veg*n diets) when raw, but I ...
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Do vegetable saturated fats increase cholesterol?

Many studies have investigated the relation between the intake of saturated fats and the increase of cholesterol. Saturated fats are usually found in animal products, such as meat and dairy. We can ...
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What are good vegan sources of saturated fats?

Saturated fats have been shown to be less harmful than we have been led to believe. In fact, some believe red meat is to blame for skewing research results against saturated fats: Conclusion: The ...
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Why do many vegans avoid products which contain palm oil?

Palm oil itself is vegetable-based and animal-free, so why do many vegans consider products which contain it to be unsuitable to purchase/consume?
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Is Omega 3 missing from vegan diets?

Is Omega 3 missing from vegan diets? Are there any food supplements that provide Omega 3 not derived from animals?