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When you mention the benefits of healthy fats, those in the mainstream media and medical communities gasp in utter shock.
Fats are terrible for you…
Fat causes heart disease…
Low-fat and fat-free are the only option…
All these arguments are nonsense, of course. When it comes to what the human body needs to survive and thrive, there are few things as misunderstood as fats…
The misinformation, obliviousness, and blatant lies about this topic are staggering. This stance has killed hundreds of millions over the past fifty years.
Murder by arrogance and ignorance
If you think that’s an exaggeration, I assure you, it’s an understatement. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 17.7 million people die globally from heart disease every year. It is the number one cause of death in the world.
Here’s an excerpt from an article published in The American Journal of Medicine that explains the wide-ranging epidemic this has become. “Heart disease was an uncommon cause of death in the US at the beginning of the 20th century. By mid-century, it had become the commonest cause. This increase was associated with an increase in smoking and dietary changes leading to an increase in serum cholesterol levels. It is very likely that the 20th century was the only century in which heart disease was the most common cause of death in America.”
They go on to point out that more people survive heart events now because of technological advances made in testing and treatment. However, it should be noted that more people are getting heart disease now than ever before.
Heart disease as we know it since the early 20th century did not exist prior to the introduction of artificial fats – even though the average diet consisted of whole milk, butter, cheese, cream, and curds. Food was cooked in pure animal fat.
The benefits of healthy fats were working but they didn’t know it then!
How did this happen?
The Center for Science in Public Interest explains how it came about. “Artificial trans-fat dates back to the early 1900s. German chemist Wilhelm Normann found that liquid vegetable or fish oils could be treated with hydrogen gas to make them solid or semi-solid. Versatile, long-lasting, and cheaper than animal fats such as butter, beef tallow, or lard, partially hydrogenated oils quickly became popular in the form of margarine, shortening, and frying oils.”
Naturally, they were perceived as “safe” for many, many decades.
It wasn’t until the 1970s and 1980s that scientists started to point out the harmful long-term effects of these unhealthy “fake” fats on the human body. Some saturated fats raise both LDL “bad” cholesterol and HDL “good” cholesterol. Hydrogenated oils raise the “bad” and lower the “good” cholesterol. It’s a double threat!
What happened then? I’m sure you can guess!
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioned their own people to counter the rapidly growing dissent that these oils were harmful (their results were presented in 1976 and again in 1985).
The line was firmly drawn and scientists or doctors who dared to question this firmly held belief that hydrogenated oils were harmful to human health were mocked and discredited.
It is no coincidence that the first statin drugs to artificially and dangerously lower cholesterol raised by hydrogenated fats was introduced around this time. Merck Pharmaceuticals received FDA approval for statin drug Lovastatin in September of 1987.
They created the problem, allowed the problem to continue, and then approved a drug to falsely “fix” the problem, which then led to far more problems!
The truth was too big to stop. By the 1990s, there was too much evidence proving that trans-fats caused heart disease.
The real problem
Nutritional scientist Fred Kummerow has been pointing out the dangers of trans-fats since 1957! Dr. Kummerow filed a citizen petition with the FDA in August of 2009 to have trans-fats banned, based on the scientific evidence of harm. The agency is legally required to respond within 180 days. Four years later, no response had been issued, so Dr. Kummerow resorted to suing the agency.
However, it was not until 2015 that the FDA changed their stance. From the official FDA website: “In 2015, FDA released its final determination that Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs) are not Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). The determination is based on extensive research into the effects of PHOs. PHOs are the primary dietary source of artificial trans-fat in processed foods. Removing PHOs from processed foods could prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths each year.”
No kidding. We knew that. We tried to tell you that.
They’ve extended the deadlines repeatedly for manufacturers to remove trans-fats from their products (I believe it’s up to 2021 now). Make no mistake! That doesn’t mean there won’t be any more trans-fats in your food! They simply limit how much is allowed per serving.
From WebMD: “A food that promises to be trans-fat free may in fact contain up to 0.5 grams of partially hydrogenated oils, a source of trans-fats, in the ingredient list.”
Do you know the food manufacturer’s response to this requirement? Make the serving sizes smaller. You might have noticed that many of your favorite snacks have gotten smaller. Now you know why. So the trans-fats are still there but there is technically less “per serving” – meaning if you eat more (equal to what you used to consume) then nothing has changed at all.
There are all sorts of “tricks” food manufacturers use to get their disgusting garbage ingredients into your food without you noticing.
- Soy is referred to by about 75 different names.
- Sugar is listed by about 35 different names.
- Milk has close to 100 alternate names.
Facts about the benefits of healthy fats
- The Inuit population consistently consumed a diet made up of 50% healthy fats for generations. Instances of cancer and heart disease were rare in their communities until they started consuming the Western Diet filled with garbage that broke their bodies down.
- Your body cannot absorb or utilize essential fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, or K without enough fat in your diet.
- High-fat, low-carbohydrate diets have worked for two decades at helping people shed unwanted or dangerous body weight. The supposed “experts” say this is dangerous but have zero data to back that up.
Your body requires the benefits of healthy fats. Your brain (in particular) is made of 25 percent cholesterol. Does that make you wonder about the epidemic of dementia?
The mainstream medical community and pharmaceutical criminals stripped our diet of every healthy fat benefit we need to function in the form of animal fats, avocados, coconut oil, and eggs (to name a few). Our bodies and health have not fared well!
Fat was made the villain for decades to sell garbage fake foods and then sell the drugs to counter what they did to the health of our hearts. The science was there all along. This wasn’t a “mistake” or an “oversight” that can be explained away.
Because they are still preaching (and screeching) that FATS ARE BAD FOR YOU.
Even now, right now, in the aftermath of the trans-fat explosion, to suggest that the benefits of healthy fats are good your entire body is considered heresy.
This is why it is more critical than ever for you to research and learn for yourself about health and nutrition. No government agency is going to protect you from the lies and cunning of the food industry or the pharmaceutical companies that control so much in Washington!
The bottom line: eat the healthy fats
Enjoy avocados and the entire fresh egg. Cook in coconut oil or find lard and cook in that. Collect your own lard from roast meats (never chicken). Dump all margarine and hydrogenated oils. Get back to real butter!
Your body needs the benefits of healthy fats and your brain craves it. Your heart is going to be just fine – just like the population prior to the introduction of garbage trans-fats.
Your body, especially your brain and heart, will thank you (not as much as your taste buds)!
- Cardiovascular Disease — World Health Organization
- The Epidemic of the 20th Century: Coronary Heart Disease — The American Journal of Medicine
- Artificial Trans Fat: A Timeline — Center for Science in Public Interest
- A historical perspective on the discovery of statins — NCBI: Proc Jpn Acad Ser B Phys Biol Sci. 2010 May 11; 86(5): 484–493. doi: 10.2183/pjab.86.484
- A Lifelong Fight Against Trans Fats — The New York Times
- Final Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils (Removing Trans Fat) — U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- Reading the Ingredient Label: What to Look For — WebMD
- Soy Allergy — Food Allergy Research & Education
- Different Words for Sugar on Food Labels — SF Gate
- Milk Allergy Avoidance List — Kids with Food Allergies