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Which Raw Food Recipe is Worse Than a Big Mac?

No one will argue that McDonald’s food is healthy. But one shocking fact that I discovered is that almost all of McDonald’s food is actually lower in fat than your average raw recipe!

Let’s take a popular McDonald’s burger like the Big Mac.

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One Big Mac has 34 grams of fat, which is barely more than an avocado (which has 30 grams).

I found on the Internet several recipes for a “Raw Taco,” and they all contain between 100 and 147 grams of fat (per serving)! The main ingredients were walnuts, avocados and sometimes even macadamia’s for a raw sour cream topping. That’s almost three times as much fat as a single Big Mac.

Even your large serving of French Fries at McDonald’s still contains only 25 grams of fat: less than 1 avocado.

If you take the most decadent McDonald’s burger, the Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese, you’ll be surprised that it only contains 42 grams of fat. That means you could eat that burger with a large order of fries AND a Big Mac and it would be less fat than the most popular Raw Vegan Taco recipe!

Of course, I’m not saying that McDonald’s food is better. We all know it’s full of chemicals, trans fats and animal fat, and very low in vitamins and minerals.

But if we isolate just the fat component, one could make a case that raw vegan recipes are often worse than McDonald’s food.

Or we can simply say that most raw vegan recipes are far too high in fat.

Also, an interesting fact is that raw vegan recipes are very low in carbs and protein. We know that the only macronutrients that can satisfy us are carbs and protein. Eating fat is notorious for being the worst way to achieve the feeling of satiety.

I remember back in the days when I was a gourmet raw vegan chef in San Diego, I would often serve people giant avocados with a big salad, and everything covered with a fatty dressing. Even after this, a lot of people would come begging to get more avocado.

That’s because fat literally cannot satiate you, you just want to keep eating more and more.

The raw taco isn’t the only culprit out there either. Most restaurants have little on their menu that isn’t laden with fat!

Some other infamously fatty raw restaurant recipes:

-Raw lasagna (marinated in olive oil and layered with nut cheese)
-Raw nachos (flax crackers with guacamole, nut sour cream and salsa)
-Raw pizza (nut crust topped with nut cheese and a few vegetables)

Instead of these nutritional disasters you should master a new kind of raw cuisine that emphasizes more fruit over fat, but with lots of vegetables and herbs being used in creative ways to keep things interesting.

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Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets.