- The "New Food Pyramid" (NFP) is a corporate
driven lie that is not about keeping you, remotely healthy, reader...
It couldn't be!
- On the contrary! The objective, as these corporate interests
would have it, is for us to continue following the same stupid dietary
rules that got us in this mess endured in the first place. Misleadingly,
they prosecute their objective with cleverly worded half truths, gross
obfuscations, lies of omission, and sweeping generalizations.
- Clearly, the major corporations selling a plethora of
unhealthful products want to keep you, the individual, sufficiently confused...
...so maybe you will consume even more grains, milk, and margarine... ...thoroughly
convinced you're doing the right thing. You're not. You just haplessly
live their aggregate lie.
- Additionally, and explicably reader, the persons vested
in the "sickness business" (MDs, HMOs, and Drug Companies) get
richer and richer... ...as our society gets sicker and sicker...
- In this iteration? I'm only going to discuss the lies
associated with FATS & OILS ... if I included the other five NFP categories
involved, this paper could turn into a small book... so we'll cover those
in subsequent iterations. There are many astonishing surprises there too.
- To start:
- 1. The NFP recommends, tragically... ...Poly Unsaturated
Fatty Acids (PUFAs) in food oils like Soy, Corn, Canola, Sunflower -- etc.
Naturally, it starts right out "Muddying the Water"... by lumping
healthful and complex PUFAs (like Omega 6, GLA, and Omega 3 ALA ... found
in seeds, nuts, and legumes) in with the unhealthful and LESS complex
PUFA (Omega 6, LA) like the food oils mentioned above.
- In supplemental form? These complex PUFAs are called
'Medicinal Oils' ( Borage, Hemp, Flax Seed, Fish Oil, etc.) and must be
"Cold Pressed" Under Refrigeration. PUFAs that are 'Food Oils'...
are "Cold Pressed" WITHOUT Refrigeration...therein lies the problem.
Heat! Heat & Air "kills" the oil ... makes it toxic. "Cold
pressed" only means no heat was added... ...but it still gets hot
due to pressure. More on that in a moment...
- Also, with regard to these oils, it is officially claimed
that PUFA vegetable food oils have beneficial Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs),
Vitamin E, plus... they do not raise LDL (bad cholesterol). These are
the claims. Well... the preceding is almost true... that is to say ...the
preceding is not a complete lie... The truth of the matter is this:
- Poly Unsat food oils will do those positive things...
...but ONLY if they are the very special kind carefully processed under
the much more stringent conditions required to avoid oxidation and rancidity...
...A kind you will NEVER find in the typical grocery store.
- These "less processed" oils are much more expensive
and require refrigeration after opening. The cheaper poly oils ( pressed
without refrigeration) you buy at the grocery store have already turned
rancid and toxic (lipid peroxide) at its initial processing... consequently,
it must be Refined, Bleached & Deodorized (RBDed) to hide the rancid
smell. This is what you drive away from your Neighborhood Grocery Store
with, reader -- believe it or not.
- This is also why these oils don't need to be refrigerated
after opening... ...because RBDed poly food oil is so "dead"
and stripped of any beneficial nutrition, that it will stay "fresh"
for a very long time, even at room temperature.
- So, with regard to the NFPs supposed beneficial EFAs?
They have not only been destroyed... they have been converted to the toxin,
lipid peroxide! ...Less than wholesome, folks, to understate.
- This means (...contrary to NFPs Claims...) RBDed oils
DO increase LDL (bad cholesterol) ...but probably of greater significance
is oxidized poly oil is one of the major artery clogging substances known
to science... ...yet all you ever hear MDs complain about is cholesterol...
...when in fact obligatory cholesterol is an innocent "victim"
that gets unjustly blamed for its roll in blocked arteries...
- ...It's oxidized poly oil, Trans Fat from partially Hydrogenated
Vegetable Oil (pHVO) and refined carbohydrates are the real culprits. A
1994 study appearing in the Lancet showed that almost three quarters of
the fat in artery clogs is unsaturated. The "artery clogging"
fats are not animal fats but vegetable oils. Know a tree by its fruit
- 2. Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFAs) like Olive and
Macadamia nut oils are heart healthful. Mono oils are non-reactive (unlike
highly reactive poly oils) so they don't go rancid during pressing, consequently,
they do not require being RBDed. These oils are ALIVE in comparison! AND...they
don't need refrigeration after opening !
- Unfortunately the NFP does subtle little things to steer
you away from healthful mono oils. For instance, when listing "healthful"
oils, they ALWAYS list poly oils first, when in reality they should not
be lumping mono and poly together to begin with... it makes it seem that
the two are of equal healthfulness. They are most certainly not equal...
- Reader! Is death equal to life?
- Consider. In the NFP "7 day meal planner",
not once do they recommend olive oil... every example for vinegar &
oil dressing or for frying... ...they recommend sunflower oil! What?
- Remember... mono is stable and poly is reactive (turns
rancid easily) -- so of all the examples of PUFAs they could have used,
Sunflower is almost the worst at 70% RBDed poly!
- The worst? That would be Safflower oil at 80% poly.
The more poly? The more toxic, reader.
- ...And Pleeease... don't put Canola oil in the same class
with a "true mono" oil like OLIVE OIL just because it's 54% mono...
Canola is also 37% poly that has been RBDed, which trumps any beneficial
effects of the 54% mono!
- In healthy contrast? Olive oil is 76% mono, and has
an insignificant amount of poly at only 8%. Macadamia nut is even better
at 80% mono.
- 3. The NFP demonizes, by association, saturated fat
(SatFat) by always listing SatFat and TransFat together in their warnings...
...like they were remotely the same thing! This is WRONG! They are not
the same thing! Their very dodgy and suspicious reasoning is that both
fats are solid at room temperature... pause to gag!
- Folks! Being a solid at room temperature does not make
a fat "BAD"... any more than being a liquid at room temperature
makes an oil "GOOD"!
- ...As evidence, TransFat from pHVO is an *evil*, toxic,
man-made, solid *fat* (...toxic sludge actually!) which has been irrefutably
linked to virtually every chronic disease... especially heart disease!
On the other hand, unburnt / unprocessed / undamaged SatFat is good for
you! Look at the extremely high SatFat (blubber), grain-free traditional
diet of the Inuit ( Eskimos )! With the help of Omega 3 thrown in, they
have about the lowest incidence of heart disease and MS on the planet!
The children eat raw SatFat as if it were "Cheezy Poofs".
- SatFat is only heart unhealthy when it is burnt or processed-
burning creates a dangerous free radical (HCA), or if damaged through arduous
processing causes oxidation. Folks, even the cholesterol associated with
undamaged SatFat is good for you! It only becomes the enemy when damaged
through processing! The most extreme examples of this are powdered milk
and powdered eggs.
- In contrast, undamaged cholesterol in raw or lightly
poached eggs is good for you. The NFP, ridiculously, allows only one hard
cooked egg per week! I'm astonished that the Egg Industry is remotely
sitting still for this slight. If I were the Egg-man I'd be standing on
- goo goo g'joob... ( ...You remember the Beatle's ?)
- Here's another subtle little trick at the NFP website.
They never mention TransFat and partially Hydrogenated Veg. Oil (pHVO)
in the same breath! Even though the pHVO molecule and the TransFat molecule
are the SAME THING !!... This is so they can slip pHVO into products without
you realizing it. Here's how:
- They tell you to avoid TransFat by looking for products,
like margarine, and Peanut Butter, with "ZERO TransFat" ( this
might be prominently displayed on the front label ), and zero transfat
is listed under the "fat content" on the back... This is WITHOUT
telling you to avoid pHVO, which you might then find listed under "ingredients."
If one of the ingredients is pHVO -- how can it contain "ZERO"
TransFat? Well -- that's the trick! If a serving has less than 0.5 grams
of TransFat, they can then advertise it as "ZERO" TransFat!
Outrage! The substance is still in the FOOD, reader.
- So, with certain products like margarine and Peanut butter
where they can make serving sizes very small (like one or two tbsp) then
they put in 0.49 grams of pHVO per serving... which is just enough solid
*fat* to keep the margarine from turning completely liquid and enough so
the oil in Peanut butter won't separate and float to the top... like in
natural peanut butter. See Peanut Butter Paper..
- BUT!... If you know pHVO and TransFat are the same thing
and you see pHVO in the ingredients? Then you know it has TransFat, even
if the label SCREAMS "Zero TransFat."
- The only place I saw pHVO even mentioned? It was linked
with Oil as things to avoid in breads and cereals... ...I guess, because
it is called partially Hyd."VEGETABLE Oil" they can try to pass
it off as oil... ...when it's actually a solid, man-made toxic, *fat*,
and not a real food at all!
- When I was young & dumb I use to think pHVO was good
for you because it was...well... uh... "vegetable oil". ...And
isn't a vegetable a good thing?
- Now get this! The NFP advises the individual to avoid
pHVO in bread because it would add extra calories, but NOT because it is
the dangerous TransFat molecule causing or exacerbating virtually every
chronic disease! Noooo!...The only bad thing that they could come up with,
is that it adds a few extra calories...Un-freaking believable!
- 4. Coconut oil -- Maybe the most blatantly egregious
"FAT" lie is lumping CCNut oil in with "damaged" SatFat
and toxic TransFat... They are from different universes nutritionally!
- Again...lumped together just because they are all solid
at room temperature! This is just another "muddy the water"
half-truth. Disabuse yourself of this ludicrous notion, reader!
- Yes! CCNut oil is a saturated fat... but it is a MAGICAL
SatFat... unlike Long-Chain Fatty Acids (LCFAs) such as animal SatFat and
Food Oils, which have 18 carbon atoms in the chain... CCNut oil's Medium
Chain Triglyceride (MCT) or Medium Chain Fatty Acid (MCFA) is only 12 carbon
atoms long. This makes these MCTs very digestible, which is why they are
in Breast milk and the reason every baby formula on the shelf contains
CCNut oil. Folks! Demonized CCNut Oil is good enough for babies?!?
- YES...Babies have inefficient desaturaese enzyme systems,
initially, making it difficult to break down LCFAs -- but MCTs are easily
broken down with saliva and stomach acid (don't require enzymes), thus
providing instant energy and heat for babies to grow and thrive. All of
these shorter chain FAs, like Coconut Oil and a couple of the chains that
are around 6 atoms long, found in real butter, have truly unique and powerful
antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties!
- Well, about now you should be asking - if Coconut oil
is so great, especially for babies... why do medical doctors and non-holistic
dieticians say it is heart unhealthful??
- Here's the shameful truth...
- 4 or 5 decades ago the "Evilly powerful pHVO industry"
took wonderful unrefined CCNut oil and turned it TOXIC by "hydrogenating"
it... then conducted tests with this ringer-oil showing an increase in
bad cholesterol and heart disease! Folks! They cooked their own books!
Why would they do something SO disgustingly dishonest? You already know
the answer...Money !!
- They were afraid of the tenuous, yet growing, toehold
that CCNut oil had in this country (in the 50s and 60s many theatre chains
used healthful, solid CCNut oil to make popcorn). Now days they ALL use
the toxic pHVO. This unjust demonizing was easily accomplished because
90% of the CCNut oil comes from the Philippine Islands, which is a poor
country that multi-national corporatists could easily "SLAP"
- This is no secret. Every naturopathic doctor and holistic
practitioner in the "World" knows about this dirty trick... ...and
knows, too, that "non-hydrogenated" Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
is magical stuff. Yet MDs and Dieticians still quote that BOGUS data from
50 years ago as justification to demonize all tropical oils... ...while
THEY recommend "margarines" with its toxic complement of hydrogenated
TransFat molecules. This is truly sinful behavior on the part of our institutional
- 5. OK... The last big "FAT" lie:
- The required (4 to 1) EFA ratio (that's 4 Omega 6 to
1 Omega 3) is dangerously ignored ... The NFP website claims that poly
unsat food oils contain EFAs that activate beneficial prostaglandins....
Wow! This is not even a HALF truth...it's more like a QUARTER truth. The
following is the 'down and dirty' version. For a complete explanation
to include illustrations of both EFA Prostaglandin Pathways (PWs) see "Fat
- To refresh your memory, PUFAs like corn oil (LA) cascade
down the Omega 6 Prostaglandin Pathway (PW) ultimately activating the PG-1
(Series One Prostaglandin) that reduces inflammation, platelet stickiness,
blood pressure and allergic reactions...
- Yes -- it is true that the less complex Omega 6 (LA),
like Sunflower oil, etc. CAN (but probably won't ) cascade down the Omega
6 PW increasing in complexity before taking the fork in that Pathway that
activates the beneficial PG-1. But, if you closely adhere to the NFP,
"7 day meal planner" and consume only poly Omega 6 oils and margarine
(which is also poly Omega 6 oil that's been solidified, you know...pHVO
) then the LA will cascade down the PW and take the "wrong" fork
in the road activating the undesirable PG-2, which increases inflammation,
platelet stickiness, blood pressure and allergic reactions... leading to
heart disease, MS and a host of other problems?
- This is because for optimum good health you need a balanced
and efficient Omega 6 / Omega 3 Prostaglandin system where your EFA ratio
is (4 to 1) or less. With every increase above (4 to 1)... the DEATH rate
- Unfortunately, most Americans are at an "out of
whack", heart stopping, (20 or 30 to 1 ) ratio. This is a result
of consuming TOO MUCH Omega 6 (LA) and TOO LITTLE Omega 3 (ALA) from flax
seed & Omega 3 (EPA / DHA) from fish oil and eggs.
- Yes, Omega 6 (LA) is an "Essential" FA, (Essential
means- you must have it, but you can't make it); however, it is everywhere,
in every form of food to include fruit! We need to make a conscious effort
to get Omega 6 out of our life! ...Not look for ways to include it back
- The obvious and easiest way is to avoid poly unsat food
oils. This is also the healthiest way because, unlike the LA in food oils,
most of the LA found naturally in foods like seeds, nuts, fruits &
veggies has not been damaged...So, if every time the NFP, "7 day planner"
calls for Omega 6 sunflower oil... ...you substitute Omega 9 Olive Oil
... and everyplace it calls for margarine? Switch out with real butter...
then your EFA ratio will be much closer to a healthful (4 to 1) or less.
- You can really nail down this ratio if you also add 2
or 3 tbsp of ground flax seed, 2 or 3 grams of fish oil and avoid ALL forms
- Next time we will discuss how the NFP "spits"
in Mother Nature's face by encouraging things we did not evolve to consume
-- like bread, cereal, pasta, milk, and fruit Juice. The preceding, you
will find... ...are not the wholesome foodstuffs you are encouraged to
trust... not by a long shot.
- Until next time, then... Well BE!
- Alan D. Graham
- 334 774-0395
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