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22 November 2006 @ 09:14 am
Evan keeps suggesting that I should really be a nutritionist since my interest in healthy eating tends to border on the obsessive these days. My problem would be that I think that much of what is taught as conventional nutrition is a load of crap. As in, never-scientifically-proven-crap.

Take saturated fat, for example. Everyone knows saturated fat is bad for you, right? And how do we know that? Well...maybe we read it in a magazine? Maybe we were told that by a food corporation? The interesting thing about our obsession with eliminating saturated fat from our diet (and cholestrol for that matter), is that there is no evidence that it is bad for us. In fact, studies conducted since the 1950s show that a diet lacking saturated fat is positively correlated with depression, weight gain, immune system problems, behavioural problems, and functional problems of the liver and kidneys. Every traditional society consumed saturated fat as one of the major components of their diet, whether this was as meat, dairy, or blood. In traditional societies, heart disease was virtually unknown. In fact, in America before 1920, heart disease was exceedingly rare. By the 1950s, it had become the leading cause of death in the country. During this time, consumption of saturated fat actually decreased, while consumption of polyunsaturated fat (including trans fats) increased by nearly 400 percent.

Saturated fat is used by the body for cell renewal and hormone production. Many of the vitamins our body needs to absorb from our food are fat-soluable, which means they cannot be absorbed without the consumption of fat. Saturated fat is essential for brain development in infants and children - breast milk contains 50% saturated fat and is high in cholesterol. Children on low-fat diets have been diagnosed with failure to thrive. Diets low in saturated fat have been linked to lactation problems in women.

Contrary to popular opinion, it is not saturated fat that causes you to put on fat. Trigylcerides are formed by the body from excess glucose which usually derives from consumption of refined sugar and flour.

I've been reviewing my diet over the last few days. I guess I eat pretty well by most people's standards, but I've been feeling like I've been slipping a bit lately, feeling a little more sluggish. There's also the fact that I've been re-reading Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions, which has really reasserted to me just how unhealthy just about every modern food really is.
Current Mood: healthy
fox in socksmiss_gracie on November 21st, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
haha I read too much. And I spend too much time on the net.

Most of it is from an awesome book called Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.