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Nutrition Myth #4: Only lean protein should be eaten.

lean chicken breastNutrition Myth #4: Only lean protein should be eaten.  Consume fewer animal products and substitute vegetable oils for animal fats.  TRUTH: Animal protein, along with its natural fat, is healthy and nutritious and helps reduce excess body fat, builds lean muscle, and generally promotes an overall healthy feeling.  Meat is a nutrient – rich energy source that supports brain development. However, these nutrient sources like vitamins A, D, K and B12 along with the iron, zinc and many other minerals require the saturated fat in order to be efficiently absorbed.

It’s criminal the way saturated animal fats have been demonized for the misdeeds of polyunsaturated fats, trans fats, and refined carbohydrates – foods that are still wreaking havoc with our health.  This has been well substantiated by ethical studies that have been independently funded.  Most studies promoted by the media, that conclude saturated fat is unhealthy, are funded by the food cartels or other bias sources.  These studies show glaring flaws when carefully examined.

For example, a study published in 2006 concluded saturated fats cause liver injury in rats.  On careful examination, what they used for saturated fat was lard oil.  The characterization of lard oil as saturated fat is wrong!  Lard oil (not solid lard) is mainly olein that is expressed from lard.  Olein is a glyceride (fat) of oleic acid, which is monounsaturated.  Thus, the diet described as high in saturated fat was actually high in monounsaturated fat.  This diet was 45% lard oil, 35% cornstarch and 20% casein (a milk protein often hard to digest.)  This diet cannot be considered normal.

It would be surprising if saturated fats caused liver problems in experiments like these because for 60 years, research has shown that saturated fats protect the liver.  For example, a study in the 2004 Journal of Nutrition found that saturated fat from beef tallow reduced alcoholic liver toxicity in rats whereas corn oil (a polyunsaturated oil) increased markers of liver toxicity.

So enjoy the fat on the meat and skin on the chicken.  If at all possible eat “certified organic” meat.  This comes from animals raised on grass or grain feed without antibiotics, hormones, genetic engineering, irradiation, sewage sludge or artificial ingredients.  It’s best if the animals are grass fed, as the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio will fall into the healthy ratio of about 2:1.  Fat and meat from these animals are free from toxins and very important for a healthy diet.  So ignore the lies being funded by the vegetable oil industry and embrace the healthy meat with its saturated fat.

Want more support information regarding Nutrition Myth #4, check out this video: Atkins Diet Misconceptions

Nutrition Myth #3: Polyunsaturated vegetable oils are a healthy substitute.

polyunsaturated vegetable oilNutrition Myth #3: Polyunsaturated vegetable oils are a healthy substitute for animal fats.  The dietary gurus tell us that polyunsaturated oils are good for us and that saturated fats cause cancer and heart disease.  TRUTH:  The best evidence indicates that our intake of polyunsaturates should not exceed 4% of the caloric total, with about 1.5% omega-3 and 2.5% omega-6.

Excess consumption of polyunsaturated oils has been shown to contribute to a large number of disease conditions including increased cancer and heart disease, immune system dysfunction, damage to the liver, reproductive organs and lungs, digestive disorders, depressed learning ability, impaired growth and weight gain.  At the same time, SATURATED FATS are a BENEFIT to all these disease conditions, but not to the profits of the vegetable oil industry.

One reason the polyunsaturated oils cause so many health problems is that they tend to become oxidized (rancid) when subjected to heat, oxygen and moisture in cooking, extraction and processing.  Rancid oils contain high concentrations of “free radicals” that are extremely reactive.  Free radical damage to the skin causes wrinkles and premature aging, free radical damage to the tissue and organs sets the stage for tumors, and free radical damage to the blood vessels initiates the buildup of plaque.  Is it any wonder that studies have shown a high correlation between cancer and heart disease with the consumption of polyunsaturated oils?  New evidence even links these free radicals with arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s and cataracts.

Problems associated with polyunsaturated vegetable oils is further exacerbated by the fact that most of the oil is omega-6 with very little omega-3.  The omega-6 increases the INFLAMMATORY response throughout the body.  This increases the tendency to form blood clots, high blood pressure, irritation of the digestive tract, depresses immune function, increases sterility, cancer, heart disease and weight gain.

A number of researchers are concerned about the high omega-6 and low omega-3 ratios in the American diet.  Omega-3 is necessary for cell oxidation, for metabolizing important sulfur-containing amino acids and maintaining proper prostaglandin balance.  Deficiencies in omega-3 have been associated with asthma, heart disease and learning deficiencies.  Commercial vegetable oils contain very little omega-3 and large amounts of omega-6.

The demonization of saturated fats-which many people are trying to avoid-are NOT the cause of our modern diseases.  In fact, they play many important roles in the body’s chemistry.

The scientific evidence honestly evaluated shows saturated fats to be healthy and polyunsaturated oils to be unhealthy.  It’s time to break away from the false dictates funded by the powerful food cartels and embrace the truth from research independently funded.

Want more support information regarding Nutrition Myth #3, check out this video: Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids with Ray Peat