It’s interesting just how far off we can get from any semblance of natural health.
Like the whole “Evil Fat” thing that has been one of the biggest ideas of “healthy eating” for decades.
It is starting to lose its grip, but sadly, many people still believe in it.
One eye-opening book on the subject is The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz, which details how this idea came to be.
The science (if you can call it that) behind it. The industry and government then following in step.
One of the most interested parts of the book was when they tried to do studies to prove the healthy effects of “vegetable oils” and the problems with animal fats.
To be a well-controlled study they need things to be kept otherwise the same.
This involved the invention of what can only be called Frankenstein foods.
Like milk were they remove the fat and replace it with vegetable oils.
Same with cheese, ice cream, and of course that’s what margarine is 100% made of.
They even did this to meat! I shudder to think of consuming this.
Not surprisingly, they had a hard time getting the trial participants to continue eating this way.
I don’t know if it’s human arrogance thinking we can outdo nature in this way.
Or just plain human stupidity.
When they were able to get results, well, Chris Masterjohn sums it up well.
“Clinical trials have failed miserably to support the hypothesis that replacing saturated animal fats with polyunsaturated vegetable oils would prevent heart disease. They have shown instead that vegetable oils likely promote cancer and perhaps even heart disease.”
If you just take a moment to think about it, it’s not a surprise.
You’re really going to squeeze oil out of thousands of tiny seeds in high heat, high pressure, and then use chemicals to bleach and deodorize it so people can’t smell or taste the rancidity?
That sounds healthy, right?
You know they only call it vegetable oil because it sounds healthy, as if you’re getting your daily supply of vegetables.
Soybeans, canola, corn, safflower…none of these are real vegetables. (Corn is actually a grain if you didn’t know)
You eat something that was healthy itself. Whether plant or animal.
Healthy things help make you healthy. Minimal processing involved.
BUT it has to be healthy in the first place. That’s hard to come by in our modern day food supply. When you do find it, it costs more too.
That’s one of the reasons we like herbs.
Good quality herbs have lots of nutrition, that can help to fill in the gaps of the modern diet. Even if you’re trying to eat healthy, it’s just plain hard today due to things like soil depletion.
All of our herbs have nutrients, but some are more well known as nutritional powerhouses than others. Like:
So avoid the franken-fats and eat good quality fat instead.
And get additional support from many wildcrafted and otherwise still nutrition packed herbs. For more about dietary fats you can check out my ebook Upgrade Your Fat.