We were given the food pyramid by so-called experts, which turned out to be one of the greatest scams presented to Americans. Starting in the 1950s, we were also told that the saturated fat found in butter and red meat was causing a heart disease epidemic. This also turned out to be patently false. People tend to forget that experts and medical doctors (and organizations such as the American Heart Association) can be paid off just like anyone else. For example, a renowned review in the 1960s claimed that heart disease was mostly caused by saturated fat, not sugar, and it was later discovered that every scientist who participated in this review and confirmed the results had been paid $50,000 by the Sugar Association. This was not disclosed in the original paper.
A growing distrust of the conventional medical system and public health organizations has resulted in Americans doing their own research and learning some truths that the government would never tell us. One thing many people have learned is that seed oils are an insidious staple of the American diet that are wreaking havoc on health and longevity. Corporations like Procter & Gamble have spent a lot of money and resources to keep this a secret from the American people (and instead push the lie that saturated fat causes heart disease) because they produce and sell copious amounts of seed oils as the profit margin is so high. But thankfully, more and more people are seeing the light.
Seed Oils Are the Most Unhealthy Staple of the American Diet
Just about everything you eat, especially if it comes from a restaurant or out of a package, contains seed oils. They have been marketed as "heart-healthy" because they stay liquid at room temperature; Americans were sold the lie that saturated fat such as coconut oil and red meat fats harden at room temperature, and this clogging effect was said to also happen in your arteries (also false). Seed oils (canola oil, grapeseed oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, and any other vegetable oil) are highly toxic because of the content of linoleic acid, a predominant n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) that is naturally found in very small amounts in animal fats like tallow. For reference, seed oils contain anything from 30-70% linoleic acid. Tallow only has 2% linoleic acid.
Over the last 100 years, the consumption of seed oils has increased 1,000-fold.
Our ancestors, for millions of years, relied on animal fats for health and nutrition, and it was only recently in the 19th century that technological advancements made it possible for us to even have something like vegetable oil extracted from plants. Over the last 100 years, the consumption of seed oils has increased 1,000-fold. Linoleic acid is 40 times more likely to oxidize than saturated fats, and when they oxidize, they produce free radicals, which are unpaired electrons looking to find a match. They then attack and restructure cell membranes and red blood cells, and damage DNA. Free radicals play a significant role in just about every disease; they cause wrinkles and premature aging.
Our bodies weren't made to process linoleic acid in large amounts, so we end up simply storing much of the linoleic acid, and we just can't get rid of it. That's why the development of fatty tissue in our body will be a direct reflection of how much linoleic acid we're consuming. Seed oils also cause chronic inflammation, which is the underlying factor of pretty much every severe medical condition and chronic illness we see today, from cancer to diabetes to arthritis to cardiovascular disease.
Seed oils are an omega-6 fatty acid, and too much omega-6 can cause blood clots, which lead to stroke, heart attack, increase in blood pressure, and water retention (that's why people who consume high amounts of seed oils always look bloated and very unhealthy). Another downside of seed oils is that they actually increase hunger rather than satisfying it. You know how you just can't stop eating those potato chips or French fries? Yeah, well, it's designed that way. You just want more and more because your body's hunger cues are all off. Not to mention the toxic byproducts that are found in seed oils that are all linked to cancer, pulmonary diseases, asthma, etc.
Here's What You Should Use Instead of Seed Oils
Opt for butter or ghee, tallow (rendered beef fat), coconut oil, and extra-virgin olive oil instead of seed oils. These are much easier to process in your body, and they don't have the same risks that seed oils carry. Extra-virgin olive oil contains anywhere from 3-21% of linoleic acid, so it's not the very best choice. You should go with tallow, butter or ghee, or coconut oil instead, all of which contain roughly 2% of linoleic acid. Throw out any vegetable oils you may have in your kitchen and replace them with the above.
The worst part about seed oils is that they're in virtually everything.
The worst part about seed oils is that they're in virtually everything, from salad dressings to pasta sauce to "healthy" snacks. When it comes to eating out, you're guaranteed to encounter seed oils everywhere, unless you find a local health restaurant that vows not to use them. If you're shopping, it's crucial to read the ingredients. Even a lot of foods that are labeled healthy are riddled with seed oils, so you have to keep your eyes peeled for them. If you're eating out, ask the waiter nicely if the chef can cook your food in olive oil or butter. Most of the time they'll say yes (especially if you ask with a smile) without any fuss, but you have to advocate for yourself because it will be nearly impossible to find a restaurant that automatically cooks with healthy oils without request.
You're in charge of your health, and while seed oils may lurk around at every turn, you have the power to choose which oils you would rather put into your body. Invest in the kind of fats that offer long-term benefits and won't wreak havoc on your body.
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