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Nina presents the history of the development of plant oils for human consumption in her presentation. The original use for plant oils, including cottonseed oil, was as an industrial lubricant. However, clever marketing pushed these machine altered oils into mainstream, ultimately incorporating them into nearly every product or fast food available these days. Soy oil currently being among the most popular.
While McDonalds once fried their french fries in beef tallow, back when they tasted better, pressures were put on industries to use the 'heart-healthy' plant oils. According to Nina, even the Heart Association really came into being from a generous grant offered by those in the business. Food corporations and manufacturers, along with the Heart Association have all become unholy bed fellows. The food pyramid also toes the line by recommending foods at the base of the pyramid ~ grain products ~ along with plant oils, while greatly minimizing meats and saturated fats.
Nina covers all the manipulating that happened to get these oils to be shelf stable. In a nut shell, commercial plant oils are not very healthy at all. You are far better off using animal fats, just as our great grandparents did. They are stable fats, whereas plant oils have bonds that are free and can oxidize in your system. Antioxidants are taken to counter this. Avoid oxidative foods, and save your money from antioxidants!
Cooking with plant oils was touted as healthier, when in fact they really aren't. They are far more pro-inflammatory. But in the days that these oils came about, they were cleverly marketed to the new immigrant women across the country who wanted to 'fit in.' You simply must watch Nina's presentation to see just how they pulled this off. But, sorry to say, we women ~ especially from earlier generations ~ were the guinea pigs of the new marketing strategies. Companies could sell just about anything to women, as long as they pushed the right buttons.
In my own mother's day, doctors convinced women that canned baby's formula was 'better than breast milk.' Hard to believe something produced in a lab could be healthier than what Nature provides, unless the mother was really sick or deficient. But, many of us born in the 60s were not breast fed.
It has long been believed that those who were not breast fed have a higher likelihood of having weak immune systems, with higher susceptibility to many infectious diseases. While many also believed that children not breast fed had higher risks for allergies and asthma, this is being debated.
From my point of view, mothers milk is important for developing immune system and gut health. Environmental allergies are like an auto-immune attack. I personally had horrible seasonal allergies since very young. My sister did not. She was not breast fed for long, but she was at least breast fed to start. This doesn't prove anything, but, I think there is no substitute for mother's milk, the effects for which not being breast fed are not able to be fully determined.
There is also less bonding time. And, the sucking on mother's breast helps develop the dental arch and roof of the mouth appropriately. Poor development can be expressed later on in drooping facial features, increased sinus problems, teeth crowding, less attractive smiles, headaches, and more.
Back to plant oils, Nina's lecture was very revealing. It's quite clear that consumers must become educated to avoid falling for marketing campaigns which are designed to sell products. You must ignore claims made on labels. Manufacturers will do what they need to sell their products.
Take away message: just eat whole foods, mostly animals, with plants optional.
If you pretty much avoid the bulk of the center aisles, you can avoid the refined, processed, modern day, factory made foods that are with few exceptions, bad for your health.
Eat real fats, like saturated fats, which are better for you, despite what the food pyramid and mainstream narratives suggest. Pass on most of the commercial plant oils. Better quality olive oil, and a few nut oils, like pecan, macadamia, hazelnut, or walnut oil are okay in moderation, especially for marinades or dressings. Coconut oil is okay as well.
I personally encourage eating traditional fats: beef tallow, lard, suet, duck fat, butter, ghee, etc., from the best quality sources you can budget.
Yes, you have permission to eat fat! Especially healthy, traditional animal fats!
Here are a few recent hypercarnivore breakfasts of ours. I tend to go high on fat in my first meal, less in my second.
Poached egg, using a little ghee in the bowl before adding the eggs. Served w/ Raw Beef Liver
(local/very fresh), and leftover spiral ham, and Slow Roast Turkey Breast from
|Don had fried eggs instead.|
|Scrambled eggs, cooked in Kerrygold salted butter w/ more of the ham, raw beef liver|
and a little Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce
|Eggs w/ Burgers & Bacon! I pour some of the cooking fat onto the plate before serving.|
|Steak Seared, served w/ Herb Butter|