Military Family, Food, & Fitness Fenestrations

Raising the Bar on Personal Expectation

For health’s sake, limit or avoid:

1. The following oils contain dangerous levels of Omega-6 eicosanoids, which in a nutshell participate in inflammatory processes and blood clotting (…make you fat & lead to cancer, heart disease, immune system dysfunction, sterility, learning disabilities, growth problems and osteoporosis)
industrial vegetable oils (corn oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, and sunflower oil), and everything that contains them. They all contain over 50% omega-6 and safflower (used liberally in German restaurants) contains almost 80% omega-6. This rules out most processed foods, especially mayonnaise, grocery store salad dressings, and fried foods. Avoid all processed foods containing hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated fats and polyunsaturated oils. We aren’t meant to eat those foods and they derail our metabolism on a fundamental level. (Info direct from Dr. Guyenet’s website)

peanut oil contains 48% oleic acid, 18% saturated fat and 34% omega-6 linoleic acid. Like olive oil, peanut oil is relatively stable and, therefore, appropriate for stir-frys at moderate temperatures on occasion, but too much omega-6 to be used regularly.

Sesame Oil contains 42% oleic acid, 15% saturated fat, and 43% omega-6 linoleic acid. Sesame oil is similar in composition to peanut oil. It can be used for frying because it contains unique antioxidants that are not destroyed by heat. Limit consumption due to excessive omega-6.

Canola Oil contains 5% saturated fat, 57% oleic acid, 23% omega-6 and 10%-15% omega-3. Multiple studies have indicated Canola oil presents serious health dangers. It has a high sulphur content and goes rancid easily. Baked goods made with canola oil develop mold very quickly. During the deodorizing process, the omega-3 fatty acids of processed canola oil are transformed into trans fatty acids, similar to those in margarine and possibly more dangerous (Personal communication, Mary G Enig, PhD). A recent study indicates that “heart healthy” canola oil actually creates a deficiency of vitamin E, a vitamin required for a healthy cardiovascular system (Sauer, F D, et al, Nutr Res, 1997, 17:2:259-269) Other studies indicate that even low-erucic-acid canola oil causes heart lesions, particularly when the diet is low in saturated fat (Kramer, J K G, et al, Lipids, 1982, 17:372-382; Trenholm, H L, Can Inst Food Sci Technol J, 1979, 12:189-193)
Above info direct from The Skinny on Fats by Dr. Enig and Sally Fallon

2. Limit Grains. Severely limit wheat, corn, rice, oats, barley, spelt, quinoa, amaranth, oatmeal, and other cereals, as well as their flours or meals. Don’t eat pastas made from any of these grains. Avoid rancid and improperly prepared seeds, nuts and grains found in granolas, quick rise breads and extruded breakfast cereals, as they block mineral absorption and cause intestinal distress (Yes this is why cereal, granola, and Pillsbury crescent rolls make you fart). Since we share the exact same genes as our prehistoric ancestors, is it really so hard to believe that our bodies have a difficult time digesting grains?
From Stephan’s Whole Health Source, Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease – Dr. Guyenet is a brilliant neurobiologist. He shows most Americans have a genetic predisposition to having some level of gluten-insensitivity.

From Dr. Mercola’s Blog: Dangers of Alloxan and Chlorine Gas — Little Known Secrets about Bleached Flour

From Dr. Cordain’s Paleo Diet Site: It is certainly true that hunter-gatherers studied during modern times did not have as great an average lifespan as those values found in fully westernized, industrial nations. However, most deaths in hunter-gatherer societies were related to the accidents and trauma of a life spent living outdoors without modern medical care, as opposed to the chronic degenerative diseases that afflict modern societies. In most hunter-gatherer populations today, approximately 10-20% of the population is 60 years of age or older. These elderly people have been shown to be generally free of the signs and symptoms of chronic disease (obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels) that universally afflict the elderly in western societies. When these people adopt western diets, their health declines and they begin to exhibit signs and symptoms of “diseases of civilization.”

From Going Against the Grains: A growing body of research has emerged which focuses on the relationship between agrarian or grain-based diets and diseases of affluence, and how increased susceptibility for obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in agrarian societies can be linked to the absence of genetic adaptations to the consumption of grains in our species as a whole. These genetic aberrations can be further broken down, to varying degrees of intensity, in demographically distinct human populations who have had between 1 and 500 generations of biological time to adjust to their consumption. The greater the distance in space and time a human subgroup has spent from grain consumption, the less likely that group will have the genes necessary to handle the metabolism of grains effectively….thorough analyses of the data gleaned from the world’s historically studied hunters and gatherers show that 73% of them obtained 50% or more of their subsistence from hunted and fished animal foods (Plio-Pleistocene Hominin Diets for Modern Humans, pg. 367). Perhaps the strongest case can be made for a grain free diet by looking a certain genetic defects all humans share in their genotype:

1. Humans share several distinctive genetic traits with felines:
a) enlarged brain size and reduced gut size, in response to an animal based diet (Please check out Dr. Eades’s recent post on this subject).
b) the inability to synthesize taurine, an amino acid found in high levels in animal foods
c) the inability to convert 18 carbon omega 3 fatty acids found in grains and seeds, e.g. alpha linolenic acid, into the metabolically essential 20 and 22 carbon fatty acids like EPA/DHA found in animal flesh, e.g. wild fish.

2. Humans are incapable of deactivating the leptin-blocking lectin found in grains, which makes them prone to obesity. The exact gene sequence that deactivates this lectin is found in genetically diverse species such as rodents and birds; a homology, no doubt, which exists because both species have had many thousands of years more time than humans to adjust to grain consumption.

3. Limit other dense starchy, vegetables or legumes including dried beans, peas, and potatoes

4. Do not eat commercially processed foods: such as cookies, cakes, pies, crackers, TV dinners, soft drinks, packaged sauce mixes, candy, and other sources of concentrated simple sugars –Read labels! Avoid artificial food additives, especially MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and aspartame, which are neurotoxins. Most soups, sauce and broth mixes and most commercial condiments contain MSG, even if not indicated on the label.


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