From soap making to our plates…
Can you guess what I am talking about?
Let me give you some more hints. The American Heart Association recommends them. Maybe even your doctor told you also to use them for cooking as part of a heart healthy lifestyle.
I am sure by now you know I am talking about industrial seed oils such as: canola, soybean, corn, sunflower, cottonseed, safflower, etc.
Latest researches are indicating they are not as healthy as it was thought. They are harmful for our bodies, making us sick.
Let’s go back into history briefly. Industrial seed oils were used originally in the soap making process.
The question is how did they end up on our plates?
Proctor and Gamble came up with the idea to create a new type of soap by using vegetable oils. That was cottonseed oil. It was known as a toxic waste in the industry. In the process of soapmaking they discovered that the oil could be changed via a process of hydrogenation, turning it into a solid cooking fat resembling lard. That is how oil classified as toxic waste ended up on our plate.
The price we pay today for that is epidemics of chronic inflammation, obesity and chronic diseases. Of course, vegetable oils are not the only cause; diet rich in highly processed carbohydrates, toxic laden food, lack of exercise and lack of sleep are also contributing factors. Keep reading….
Five reasons why vegetable oils are bad for our health.
- They raise Omega-6 fatty acid levels, changing the Omeag-6 to Omega -3 ratio.
- They are unstable and oxidize easily
- Contain harmful additives
- Derived from GMO crops (soy, corn, sunflower etc.).
- When repeatedly heated, even more toxic byproducts are created.
This is what we know so far.
- Omega-6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory (via arachidonic acid; including Prostaglandin E2 and Leukotriene B4. Omeag-3 fatty acids such as ALA, EPA, and DHA act anti-inflammatory. For maintaining optimal health Omega-6 and Omega-3 has to be in balance. The ancestral ratio was 1:1. Today, with the SAD diet 10:1 or even 20:1. This imbalance is causing chronic inflammation that contributes to many chronic diseases.
- Vegetable oils are very unstable and oxidize easily upon exposure to light, heat and chemicals. Under those circumstances two harmful substances are being created: trans fats and lipid peroxides. Known to cause heart disease, diabetes and harmful effects on DNA, proteins and cell membranes.
- They are full of additives. Since the vegetable oils are unstable synthetic antioxidants are added to prevent oxidation and turning rancid. Unfortunately, the synthetic antioxidant (BHA, BHT, TBHQ) have many side effects (endocrine disrupting, immune-disrupting and carcinogenic).
- They come from GMO plants (another long conversation).
- When repeatedly heated more toxic byproducts are being created.
How vegetable oils are making us sick?
Vegetable oil consumption is associated with many health problems.
- Autoimmune disease
- Mental health and cognition
- Obesity and diabetes
- Heart disease
- IBS and IBD
How to avoid them?
Simply get rid of bottles of canola, corn, cottonseed oils in your kitchen and don’t eat processed food.
Oils you should be using in your household:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Butter and ghee (grass fed)
- Pasture lard and tallow
- Duck fat
PS!! Make sure to incorporate plenty of healthy fats from whole foods into your diet. Soaked and sprouted nuts, avocado, wild-caught fatty fish, coconut, grass fed meats, organ meats, wild game are great sources.
Black Olive Salsa
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup white onions, chopped
- 1 14 oz can salt-free diced tomatoes
- 2 tsp raw honey
- 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 10-12 black olives, drained and chopped
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup fresh pineapple cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Vegetable chips, Organic corn chips, Cassava flour chips etc.
- Optional: 1 cup leftover roast chicken, chopped or canned tuna (drained and rinsed) or canned, cooked Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed)
Sauté the onions with the olive oil in a medium frying pan until slightly translucent. Add the tomatoes, honey, garlic, and oregano. Continue to cook on medium heat. If using, add the chicken or tuna or beans and cook until juice has evaporated. Remove from the heat and add the olives and pineapple. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Place the mixture in the center of a plate and place the chips around it. Serve while still warm.
- If the pineapple in the recipe does not appeal to you, then eat if just before the meal or just after to get the digestive benefit. Mango or papaya will also work in this recipe.
- Use vegetables chips, organic corn chips, cassava flour chips etc.
- If you want to consume some raw garlic, then only use one clove while cooking and add the other when the mixture has finished cooking on the stove, at the same times as the black olives and pineapple.
- Olives are green first and then ripen to become black olives
- You can make your own vegetable chips by cutting vegetables and dehydrating them.
To your radiant health, with love
Are you confused with so many different information, study results, recommendations out there?
To tell you the truth, I used to be. So many contradictory information!!! Do you remember the coconut oil “saga”. Not to mention cholesterol. For decades it was blamed for heart attack. The low fat/ no fat diet craze took over the world and hijacked our health. Look at the food pyramid!! Recommending inflammation causing food!!
I could go on and on (trust me on that).
So how can we sort out what information to accept as “the truth” or study result as acceptable, what recommendations to follow? The answer is simple. Depending where is the information coming from. Is the source trustworthy, serving our best health or maybe motivated by profit (you know what I mean; prescriptions, a lot of them).
After many years studying human body, pathology and disease my latest focus in my work is on INFLAMMATION. It is the root cause of many chronic diseases of our modern time, including heart disease.
I would like to share a study with you that gives us hope. Especially for us who have heart attacks in our family history.
INTERHEART study (conducted in 52 countries) revealed that approximately 90% of heart diseases could be simply prevented by diet and lifestyle changes. That means 9 out of 10 cases of heart disease can be prevented without drugs. This is huge!!!!
This is a phenomenal news, because it gives us empowerment and hope that we can change our current situation. So, if you are awake late at night wondering are you going to die of heart attack just like mother did this is a great news for you. No more sleepless nights.
To understand the changes we need to make, let’s examine what are the causes. We know so far, it’s not cholesterol. The two most important causes are
- INFLAMMATION and
- OXIDATIVE DAMAGE
The top four causes of inflammation and oxidative damage are:
- Physical inactivity
Focusing on reducing the factors that contribute to inflammation and oxidative stress we can create better health and a different reality for ourselves. We can feel empowered and take our health in our own hands.
Let’s explore our diet.
The SAD (Standard American Diet) is inflammatory, making us fat and starving our cells at the same time. It is loaded with chemicals (many of them harmful), voided of nutrients, providing empty calories.
What is in SAD?
- Highly processed carbohydrates
- Sugar and HFCS
- Vegetable and seed oil
- Chemicals (emulsifiers, preservatives, colorings etc.)
No wonder why we are inflamed, sick, overweight and overmedicated.
Food should be our medicine. It should make our bodies thrive, create health and longevity. Whole, nutrient dense food gives the right information for our genes (yes, food is information), provides building blocks for our cells, energy and support for our cells to thrive.
In the next email we will explore more in detail food that calms inflammation.
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
- 1 tbsp ground chia seeds
- 1/4 cup canned, light coconut milk (carrageenan free)
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
- 1 orange, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds, chopped raw walnuts, or chopped raw cashews
- Mix the chia seeds with coconut milk and nutmeg in a small bowl and let sit for one hour. This can be done the night before.
- Place the cooked quinoa in a medium bowl and add the chia mixture. Mix together.
- Mix in the orange pieces and raspberries.
- Drizzle the maple syrup on top and top with seeds or nuts or choice.
To cook the quinoa:
- Rinse 1/4 cup of dried quinoa in a sieve.
- Place in a pot with 2 cups of water and 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt.
- Bring to a boil, lower to simmer and cook until the quinoa reaches the desired texture. Normal instructions for cooking quinoa would say only use double the amount of water for the quinoa, but for quinoa, time and temperature are key to preventing the quinoa from being crunchy. Adding extra water allows you to cook it to the texture you like best.
- Rinse the quinoa after cooking. This can be prepared ahead of time and the quinoa stored in the refrigerator, or the quinoa can be cooked at the same time as the rest of the meal but start the quinoa first as it will take 25-30 minutes.
To your radiant health, with love
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