Since I began cooking without oil from October 2006, I’ve never missed the stuff. My taste buds have changed, as have those of my mother’s. Even those of my family (and the maid who joined us in March 2008) who eat my cooking occasionally have learnt the pleasure of eating food with little or no oil.
This is because all ingredients that go to make up a meal have some natural oil, no matter how little. In fact for most ingredients, the embedded natural oil could be way too much, especially in most meat and fish.
I’ve cooked pork ribs entirely without oil; yet the leftovers, ribs and gravy, would solidify into a thick slab of ghee-like fat the next day, after spending a night in the fridge. This was despite the fact that the ribs had been trimmed of fat before cooking.
Had I added oil in the cooking process, I shudder to imagine how much thicker that slab would be. I shudder even more to imagine what all the oily fat is doing, as it slithers through our guts and our blood stream.
Picture this: when I do the washing up, the detergent and suds, the oily debris and other bits and bobs all go out of the kitchen sink and down the outlets into the waste pipes that dispose off such stuff, day in and out, year in and out.
Every now and then, the waste pipes are choked and the water refuses to flow out and down; that’s when the plumber is summoned to clear the blockage.
Anyone who has seen a plumber clearing choked pipes will know it’s not pretty stuff he sometimes brings up — blancmange like stuff that is black, slippery, oily and basically so yucky, it quite turns the stomach.
If that’s the residue of the daily washing up of our pots, pans, cutlery and crockery, I shudder again to imagine what the residue of our oily meals is doing to the internal pipes of our body.
Though to be fair, our body pipes are permeable and have other chemicals working thru them that make them somewhat different from cast iron and PVC pipes.
PS: What I said for oil goes for butter, margarine, ghee, cheese, ice-cream etc as each item is but a form of oil solidified