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Remember What Life Was Like When We Ate Saturated Fats?


If you look at the history of our diet through the 1900s, our diet has changed more in that century than it has in the previous 3 million years.  In the beginning of the 1900s, the diet was made up primarily of animal proteins, animal fats, lard, butter, cream, and eggs with no concern for heart disease or strokes.  But, when the diet changed to include more grains, vegetable fats like corn, soybean, safflower seed, sunflower seed, canola oil, margarine made from vegetable fats and vegetable shortenings thought to be healthier.  We began to see an increased, skyrocketing rate of heart attacks and heart disease.  In the early 1900s, heart disease was practically unknown.  Cancer was 1 out of 25 people.  Today, it’s 1 out of 3 who will experience cancer in their lifetime.  By the year 2030, everyone will be expected to experience cancer in their lifetime.  Because of the unrealistic scare and unscientific basis of fats causing heart disease, we were told by medical experts to reduce our fat intake.  Once we reduced fats, the diet was switched to grains and other carbohydrates.  Heart disease and cancer skyrocketed.  68% of Americans are either overweight or obese.  The fat that covers our bellies are produced from the excessive carbohydrates we consume.  Layering it on our bodies, it is converted into the same saturated fat we are told to avoid.  Natural fats will never cause heart disease, strokes or cancer, including animal fats and good, healthy fruit and seed oils such as olive oil, sesame seed oil, camelina oil, and coconut oil.  Many of these fats are required fats that we can’t live without.  The fats that damage our vessels and heart, and increase the risk of cancer, are the artificial, chemically altered vegetable fats.  Our diet is 20 to 30 times higher in omega-6 fatty acids than in omega-3 fatty acids, rather than the normal two to three times higher than omega-3.  Omega-6 fatty acids are the primary cause of inflammation.  To reduce inflammation, reduce refined carbohydrates, and all high Glycemic Index (GI) carbohydrates in general, sugar and stress.  70% of the American diet today is carbohydrates.  Our disease today is related directly to the change of the American diet.  And to make matters worse, all of our diseases are treated by drugs and not by a change of diet.  For more on healthy diet suggestions, click on “Terry’s Diet” at www.TerryTalksNutrition.com.

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