Plastic Oils vs. Saturated Fats: Busting the Propaganda
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Plastic oils are the name I am giving to the hydrogenated oils
that have been pushed by the big chemical companies, ever since Proctor and Gamble released Crisco in 1911. So what’s better for you: plastic oils or saturated fats? Saturated fat and cholesterol are two areas of health where the American people have been horribly brainwashed – but the truth is now starting to come out. Since around the 1960s, you have been told that saturated fat is bad for you and that high cholesterol leads to heart disease. Not only that, but you have also been bombarded with industry-funded propaganda that you should be eating extra amounts of fiber, that you should be eating large amounts of (refined) grains, that you should be drinking large amounts of (pasteurized and homogenized) milk, and that processed sugar is fine for your health. The result? An epidemic of diabetes, obesity, candida, asthma, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer, which is crippling the nation.
The USDA Co-Opted by 3 Giant Industries
How did this all come about? We’ll start with the USDA. As an arm of the Government set up to regulate the food and agricultural industries, it gradually became corrupted and subservient to the very industries it was supposed to oversee. (This is a common theme throughout Big Government; Big Pharma controls the FDA and CDC, and Big Banking controls the SEC.) The USDA promotes eating a lot of grains, meat and milk (as influenced by the grain, beef and dairy industries) as the foundation of a healthy diet. In 1992 it came out with a “Food Pyramid” where the above 3 food groups, conveniently, constituted three quarters of our recommended diet! (For those wanting a more accurate food pyramid, Mike Adams’ Honest Food Pyramid one is very good, but not perfect.)
Big Pharma / Big Agra Plastic Oils
Meanwhile, the elite central planners, ever on the lookout for ways to increase their dominance and hijack the food supply, hatched an ingenious plan. These planners were and are the very same New World Order families (the Rockefellers, DuPonts, etc.) that dominate the oil, plastic, drug and agricultural industries today, the Big Pharma / Big Agra conglomerate. They decided to use in food production the process of hydrogenation, which chemically alters certain fats by adding an extra hydrogen atom. This process, when applied to polyunsaturated plant oils (such as sunflower, canola, cottonseed, soy and corn), makes these oils saturated and more stable – but damages them in the process and makes them harmful for human health. These hydrogenated oils are plastic oils – straight from the chemical factory!
Big Agra wanted to make money selling hydrogenated oils and foods, and weaken the population at the same time, and Big Pharma wanted to make money selling drugs to individuals with the resulting ailments, so they created and promoted margarine and hydrogenated vegetable oils. However, they knew that most people loved saturated fats like butter, so it would not be easy to convince people to make the switch. What they needed was some “science” and a marketable “expert” to persuade people. Enter Dr. Ancel Keys.
The Fraudulent Dr. Ancel Keys
Keys became famous for his “diet-lipid-heart disease hypothesis” that proposed a correlation between saturated fat (especially found in animal products) and heart disease, cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol. Consequently, in 1956 the American Heart Association (funded by Procter & Gamble, makers of the hydrogenated oil Crisco, and of which Keys was a board member) went on television to tell everyone that a diet which included large amounts of butter, lard, eggs, and beef would lead to coronary heart disease. Later Keys was put on the front page of Time magazine in 1961. This was around the beginning of the “low-fat diet”; it was later cemented by Senator McGovern in 1977 with his Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs.
There was one big problem with all of this: Keys had selectively cherry picked the data and committed scientific fraud by deliberately leaving out data points to skew the research. He pointed to countries with low saturated fat intake and low heart disease, and countries with high saturated fat intake and high heart disease, and claimed a significant correlation. However, he omitted a very large amount of countries, almost all from Europe, that had high saturated fat intake and low heart disease.
The European Paradox
France is one such country, and has become famous for the “French Paradox” phenomenon, where people consume moderate to high amounts of dairy, meat and wine, with no heart disease or even any negative side effects. However, you could just as well say “European Paradox”, because the UK, Norway, Holland, Switzerland, Austria and others also had (and still have) high saturated fat diets with low rates of heart disease!
To say saturated fat caused heart disease was a giant lie. Your body is made with saturated fat. It is essential to animal life. It coats and protects our organs, keeps us warm, traps toxins, provides a stored supply of energy for hard times, forms 60% of our brain and yields a slow, steady source of energy (with more calories per gram) than proteins or carbohydrates. It is horribly misguided to reduce saturated fat from your diet, yet entire industries have been built on this deception. We have the American Heart Association putting its “heart healthy” labels all over low-fat food. We have the low-fat industry pushing items like skim milk, which is basically sugar water with “fortified” (synthetic) calcium and vitamin D.
Americans have become scared of all fat, rather than distinguishing between healthy fats (butter, cheese, olive oil, avocado and coconut) and unhealthy fats (hydrogenated oils).
Plastic Oils vs. Saturated Fats = Factory vs. Farm
Think about it: how can something synthetic made in a factory (hydrogenated vegetable oil) possibly be healthier than something that comes from a farm, especially where animals are treated humanely and allowed to roam (grass-fed butter)? How can something made with a synthetic chemical formation, unfamiliar to the body, possibly be better than something humans have been eating for tens of thousands of years? If you’re looking for the source of clogged arteries and heart disease, look at the plastic oils that the body can’t fully assimilate – and you may find the culprit.
Cholesterol Also Demonized
Along with saturated fat, cholesterol was also demonized in the process. As a point of fact, cholesterol is a fat molecule and is synthesized by all animals because it is a crucial structural component of our cells. Cholesterol helps with respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, and creates vitamin D; it is part of the healing mechanism of the body. Some scientists wrongly blamed cholesterol when they saw high levels of it in damaged blood vessels, thinking it caused clogged arteries, rather than realizing it was there to help protect and mend those arteries.
The Low-Fat Diet Often Means Refined Grains
Those promoting the low-fat diet also suggest eating a lot of carbohydrates. The problem with this advice is that, for most people, carbohydrates means refined grains, and refined grains usually means wheat. American wheat, as opposed to wheat from Europe or elsewhere, has been highly hybridized since the 1950s to increase its gluten content. At the same time, only certain varieties have been cultivated, so Americans have gone from eating a grain that was diverse and well-balanced (as Nature had created it) to one which is vastly different to what their recent ancestors ate. This has given birth to a rise in a host of autoimmune diseases (such as celiac disease), where the “food” being eaten is so unrecognizable to the body that it actually starts attacking this “food”, and itself!
Refined grains tend to break down quickly in the body and become … sugar. This causes quick and high blood sugar spikes, leading to mood swings, depression and eventually diabetes. Numerous doctors have, in fact, declared that sugar resembles a drug more than a food – and America is completely hooked. Sugar is highly addictive and affects the same pleasure centers of the brain in a very similar way to cocaine and heroin. It is in almost everything, especially anything processed or packaged. Many of the so-called “healthy” low-fat options being pushed in the marketplace are full of sugar, whether it’s milk, yoghurt or salad dressing.
Low-Fat Means More Weight and More Disease
Low fat diets have, ironically, led to people gaining more weight. Instead of filling up on fat (which triggers the satiation mechanism of our stomach and brain), people have over-eaten on refined grains and sugars instead, and the body stores away all those extra carbs as … fat. Additionally, low-fat diets have spurned all sorts of diseases such as candida, diabetes and cancer, and have even been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease.
Beware of Too Much Fiber
One piece of questionable dietary advice that has accompanied the demonization of fat and cholesterol is the promotion of added fiber. Now, some fiber in the diet is important, due to benefits such as feeding friendly bacteria in your gut which control your immune system. However, too much fiber can cause the very things you may be trying to alleviate, such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. There is conflicting evidence about the pros and cons of fiber.
Solutions to the Low-Fat Fad
So, what is the solution to the low-fat, low-cholesterol, high-hydrogenated oil, high-sugar diet being promoted by so many nutritionally ignorant organizations? We need to get back to basics. We need to remember that we are made from fat, and that it serves many valuable functions in our body. We need to remember this fundamental truth: food which comes from the field and farm will always be healthier than food which comes from the factory.
In the face of the vilification of fat and cholesterol, many nutritionally sound ketogenic diets have arisen. Ketosis means fat-burning; since sugar is fast burning and fat is slow burning, these diets use glucose-burning for emergencies and high-intensity activities, and make fat-burning the usual mode of energy production. A popular ketogenic diet is the Paleo or Primal diet. The Paleo diet includes meat, vegetables, fruit, oils, and some nuts and seeds, while eliminating grains, legumes and dairy. It is based on the idea that for optimal health we need to eat more like our ancient ancestors did, who were hunter-gatherers, and that our diet of the last 6000 years or so (since the Agrarian Age where we started mass producing grains) has brought with it many problems. Of course, for the Paleo diet to work best, you need to find wild, organic or grass-fed meat and animal products.
A vegetarian whole food diet is also another great solution, so long as you are including plenty of healthy fats (avocado, coconut, olive oil, sesame oil) and eating grains in whole form (best if they are well prepared by soaking, sprouting or fermenting). Even a vegan diet can work well, as long as you are plugging in the gaps from the absence of animal products (e.g. certain amino acids and vitamin B12) and not in need of high fat or protein (as a pregnant mother, breastfeeding mother, developing child or athlete might be).
Whether you lean more towards being a carnivore or herbivore, the important thing is to get your food fresh, from the field or farm, have a certain percentage of it raw (see this presentation by Vesanto Melina for info on the ideal ratio of cooked to raw food), get lots of healthy fats, and avoid refined grains, processed sugar and plastic oils. Within these parameters there is still room for lots of different diets; there is no one perfect diet for everyone, since everyone has different constitutions, metabolisms and energy needs.
Ultimately, listen to your body to work out what foods are right for you. You are your own best doctor!
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Makia Freeman is the editor of The Freedom Articles and senior researcher at ToolsForFreedom.com, writing on many aspects of truth and freedom, from exposing aspects of the global conspiracy to suggesting solutions for how humanity can create a new system of peace and abundance.