In 1961, the American Heart Association came out with perhaps the most destructive and dangerous dietary recommendation ever made by a governmental or quasi governmental entity.
They said that polyunsaturated fats were heart healthy.
They recommended substituting polyunsaturated fats, for saturated fats, were practical.
Since then, we have all been made subject of this dangerous advice.
For decades, polyunsaturated fats have been everywhere.
To the point where they are responsible for over 70% of our calories in many of our diets.
Never before in the entire history of mankind, has such a wholesale dietary change taken place.
So one of the great problems with this huge and irresponsible, even reckless, dietary recommendation, is the increase in obesity.
It’s become fashionable to claim that the rise in obesity is due to laziness, lack of exercise, and high consumption of sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup.
However, the actual facts speak otherwise. The consumption of sugar has actually been declining over the past 10 years, just as obesity has been skyrocketing.
As Dr. Stephan Guyenet shows:
However, the obesity epidemic is pretty new.
And sugar consumption has been going up for the past hundred and 50 years.
So it isn’t sugar that is responsible. It is something else. It is in fact as the study shows,
the historical increase in vegetable oil consumption destroying our health
One of the early consequences of high vegetable oil consumption is liver disease, specifically nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
This study shows the alarming increase in fatty liver disease, and how vegetable oil causes it.
And, how vegetable oil causes insulin resistance and diabetes.
Vegetable oils are metabolized into highly inflammatory compounds, called eicosanoids.
It’s been the accepted wisdom by the gurus for a few years to say that as long as you have enough omega-3 fatty acid, you can handle the omega six fatty acid.
In other words, “eat your fish oil along with your vegetable oil and you’ll be fine.”
But it turns out, that even fish oil won’t save you when you’re eating vegetable oil
Because even if you eat lots of fish, or eat fatty fish, the vegetable oil competes in the body with the fish oil, this study says.
And the vegetable oil wins out.
It overwhelms the fish oil.
And you’re essentially functioning on a vegetable oil metabolism.
New what are the consequences of a vegetable oil metabolism?
Insulin resistance, obesity, diabetes, cancer.
All of it comes from vegetable oil, and specifically all polyunsaturated fatty acids.
So what should you do?
I would avoid all polyunsaturated fatty acids.
The problem is, that unsaturated fatty acids like vegetable oil and fish oil are metabolized in a very difficult way compared to saturated fatty acids.
So the body tends to store unsaturated fatty acids instead of metabolizing them. Getting rid of them is a matter of burning body fat and getting the body to metabolize these stored unsaturated fats.
Unsaturated fats are very unstable.
So while they are stored in fact, they are breaking down and poisoning the body. This study talks about that. It says that too many omega six fatty acids may cause the liver to become fatty…that it
may direct fatty acids away from oxidation and secretion and towards triacylglycerol storage, thus contributing to hepatic steatosis
What if you restrict fats in your diet?
So if you restrict fats, and eliminate polyunsaturated fatty acid completely, or as much as you can, it can take several years for the polyunsaturated fatty acids to be metabolized and leave your body.
Meanwhile, they will be doing their damage, increasing the eicosanoids, inflammation, and possibly even cancer.
There are powerful ways of overcoming the negative effects of vegetable oil, but the first thing to do is stop consuming it.
What about fish oil? Is that bad too?
This study shows that fish oil, which is omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, may have some benefits.
And the study says that the problem is too much omega six overwhelming the omega-3 in fish oil.
However, it is possible that fish oil may have short-term advantages, but long-term disadvantages, there is a huge fad for fish oil right now.
I have always advocated fatty fish, rather than fish oil.
I have pointed out that fish oil by itself is VERY unstable. But that fatty fish contains many cofactors, and nutritional compounds that we are not aware of, that may help the body handle the fish oil when consumed in the whole fish body.
There is no question that fish oil is also a polyunsaturated fatty acid, and therefore difficult for the body to metabolize.
Supposedly, these are essential fatty acids in fish oil, but I’m not so sure that they are essential.
However, until it becomes clear about fish oil, I would cut out all the oil of every kind, and I would try to drastically cut back on fish oil as well. And try to get the liver fat to lessen, ESPECIALLY the liver fat made from poly unsaturated fatty acids.