Here it is. We have removed ourselves so completely, so decisively from our food's origins that the Federal Government has now stepped in to set things strait. Of course when approaching problems such as these, the grand gestures of bureaucracy more often then not have the greatest effect upon the least vital elements.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
between the mets, the absurdity of politics, and moving into a new apartment, it has been difficult to think about writing. but i have returned. so fear not, new information is on its way.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
low ratio - low inflammation, strong bowel mucosa
high ratio - high inflammation, a host of other problems in the long run, such as atherosclerosis, etc.
Here's the problem: trying to get back to a healthy ratio basically requires traveling back in time to before industrial farming destroyed the fat chemistry of our foods. You can get good foods, but you must be vigilant.
If you are a strait veggie, invest in some flax seed oil (in the dark thick bottles) and have a teaspoon with dinner, or use it in dressing and the like. This should be kept back in the cupboard, as flax seed oil is touchy when exposed to light.
if you eat eggs, milk and meat, you must only eat from pastured animals (i.e. grass-fed beef/milk cows, and pasture chickens). When animals are fed grain their fatty acid ratio goes out of whack. Pasture raised, grass finished beef is the best, as it has a nearly perfect ratio, and it has a lot of great healthy fat.
a lot of people recommend good fish oil also, but this should probably not be consumed in high quantities. Or just eat some good fish.
From what I have read, problems with inflammation can be reigned in tremendously by simply altering the O6:O3 ratio.
So, if you have allergies, constant inflammatory conditions, atherosclerosis, etc etc, you may find some benefit to altering the diet to bring the Fatty Acids under control.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I was looking for studies on fiber and I stumbled on this one from JAMA. The framers of the study looked at 147 studies of diet and Coronary Heart Disease in order to come up with a picture of a healthy diet in terms of CHD.
One finding was that "simply lowering the percentage of energy from total fat in the diet is unlikely to improve lipid profile or reduce CHD incidence".
So eat up people. The total fat intake is not related, as we have been told for generations, to fat intake. There is much to be learned, as we must parse the types of fat to get a better picture.
i will drop some fat guidelines:
1. No hydrogenated fats (trans fats)
2. Cook with Saturated fats - butter, ghee, pork fat, beef fat, coconut oil are all high in saturated fat.
3. Use poly's, but don't cook with them - vegetable oils, avocado oil, sesame oil - great to use, but do not cook in them.
4. Mono-unsaturated is likely the healthiest - Beef, pork and chicken are high in mono, as is Olive Oil. I have been told not to cook with olive oil, but I still do. I am thinking of switching over to Ghee, but I have to learn to properly make it.