When I tell people that most of my diet consists of fats, they look at me as if I have two heads on my shoulders and when they ask what kinda fats I consume, my response always follows the same question.
“Isn’t that bad for you?”
(By the way if you’re wondering what kind of fats I eat in my diet, they consist of animal based fats. So for example I use grass fed butter, free range duck fat, and I ALWAYS use the whole egg.)
So back to this question, I’m honestly frustrated that so many people still believe that vegetable based fats are the “heart healthy” choice.
When in fact vegetable based fats cause heart disease (Hard to believe that something that’s marketed as healthy is the cause of the number 1 killer in America)
Where does vegetable oil come from?
If you’ve ever tried to take a hand full of seed (for example rapeseeds) and squeeze the oils out of them, you’ve probably figured out it’s not possible.
Well then how are you able to buy canola oil (rapeseed oil) at the store?
If you buy “I can’t believe it’s not butter” and read the label it states that it’s made from vegetable oil…
How the hell did they solidify vegetable oil when vegetable oil is supposed to be a liquid?
You see vegetable oil doesn’t happen in nature, our ancestors didn’t just juice vegetables for their fatty oils to consume in their diets.
To extract the oils from seeds (like rapeseeds, soybeans, corn, sunflowers, and safflowers just to name a few) they have to go through a chemical process with a petroleum solvent, this extracts the oils.
After collecting the oil (lets use canola oil as an example) it has to go through a chemical/heating process that separates the solids from the oil.
And to finish it off they must deodorize it (there’s a nasty smells that’s produced from the other chemicals used to extract the oil) using more chemicals.
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(Even though the video is talking about vegetable oil being healthy. Just keep watching and see how the oil is extracted and decide for yourself if it looks healthy after all the processing vegetable oil goes through)
Finding out how vegetable oil is made should make you want throw out all the canola oil you have in your pantry, and if its didn’t, take this into consideration.
Our bodies are made up of mostly saturated fats and monounsaturated fats (I mean come on your hormones have the same molecule make up as cholesterol)
Vegetable oils are purely polyunsaturated fats (a fat that our bodies only need 3% of)
And according to Chris Kresser from ChrisKresser.com these polyunsaturated fats consist of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Which needs to be at a certain ratio (4:1) otherwise your body doesn’t respond to well.
For example lets take the westernized diet of 10+:1 omega 3 to 6 ratio, this ratio has adverse effects in the human body and we see it as the rise in heart disease and cancer has been at an all-time high.
So now that you understand why vegetable oil has no place in a healthy diet
Lets get into how in the hell manufactures create a solid out of vegetable oil (that is supposed to be in liquid form no matter what temperature its in)
Hydrogenation is a process that manufactures have been doing for years. It prolongs the shelf life of processed foods which is why they use it so much.
So some of you probably have no idea what hydrogenation actually means, let me explain.
When the process of hydrogenation occurs, it converts fatty acids into a different form by forcing hydrogen atoms into the oil using high pressure. This totally screws the structure of the oil making it harder on your body to digest and assimilate.
Not only is hydrogenated oils harder on your digestive system
The process of hydrogenation actually creates the worst kind of fat there is…trans fats
If you haven’t heard of trans fats you probably should get out from the rock you’ve been under.
Trans fats started being produced around the early 1900’s when this all new “healthy” alternative to fats came out. I believe Crisco was actually one of the first companies to market their margarine as a healthy alternative.
They must have had a great marketing team cause everyone started to fall for their crap.
According to Mary Enig, Ph.D trans fats have detrimental effects when eaten;
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- Raises levels of atherogenic lipoprotein in humans (basically the shit that causes plaque build up in your arteries)
- Increases blood insulin levels in humans in response to glucose load, increasing the risk for diabetes.
- Decreases the response of red blood cells to insulin
- Increases the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Lowers the volume of cream in milk from lactating women, thus lowering the overall quality available to the infant
- Increases trans fat levels in human milk, resulting in dose-response decreased visual acuity in breast fed infants.
- Correlates to lower birth weights in human infants
- Decreases the levels of testosterone and increases the number of abnormal sperm in men and interferes with gestation in women.
- Adversely interacts with the conversion of plant omega 3 fatty acids to elongated omega 3 fatty acids in human tissue.
- Escalates the adverse effects of essential fatty acid deficiency.
- Affects immune response by lowering the efficiency of B-cell response and increasing the proliferation of T-cells
- Causes alterations in adipose cell size, cell number, lipid class and fatty composition.
- A January 2001 paper in a peer-reviewed journal reported that margarine consumption is related to allergies in children, especially in boys.
- Research reported in 1997 and 1999 showed trans fatty intake related to asthma.
- Dutch researchers reported in March 2001 in the Lancet that trans fatty acids were again shown to be responsible for an increase in heart disease and calculated that a 2 percent energy intake of trans fatty acids is associated with an increased risk of heart disease of 25 percent.
Ok ok I know that most of that was hard to understand but basically its saying to stay the hell away from trans fats
They cause people to develop all kinds of diseases like atherosclerosis, diabetes type 1 and 2, obesity, heart disease, asthma, you know all the diseases that are very common now a days.
So if you want to stay healthy and avoid the health risks associated with vegetables based fats and their counter parts, hydrogenated fats
Stay away from them by eating REAL FOOD, JERF (JUST EAT REAL FOOD)
Avoiding packages foods will be your best bet. These packaged foods need a long shelf life so you should be damn sure it has some form of trans fats in there.
I hope you enjoyed today’s article. If you have any questions drop them down below and ill be sure to answer them.
Talk to you later,