Organic Olivia logo

Eat more fat? WHY would I do such a thing? Read more..

  • Published on: 07 November, 2012
  • Last update: 26 January, 2016
Here is what you’ve been told by the Standard American Diet:
Wrong, wrong, and more wrong.
According to this chart, your MAIN INTAKE should be PASTA. 6-11, as said on some charts. To me, and many others who have crossed over to the Paleo lifestyle, that is an absurd and unhealthy sugar overload. Even the app on my phone that I use to track the foods I eat tells me I’m eating only 50 grams of carbs and I have a dire deficiency- apparently it wants me to eat 250+ grams. Insane. The reason America is obese is not fats, which we are told to use “sparingly” by this chart. In fact, natural fat consumption, such as that from animals, has gone DOWN in the past decades.
source: wholehealthsource.blogspot.com
So what has changed? Why are we getting fatter? Just look below.
source: perfecthealthdiet.com
That’s right. Our good friend the carbohydrate. What’s worse is that the only fats we do eat are corn oils, vegetable oils (hydrogenated at that), and other unhealthy oils filled with Omega 6 instead of the Omega 3 that we were evolved to consume. Our ancestors ate primarily animal fat, which has virtually no Omega 6, so it’s no wonder our bodies are reacting with such alarm. A balance of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fats in the body is imperative, otherwise our hormones don’t function the same way and our brain is not being fed the proper food. Instead, we are getting an overload of Omega 6, which turns out to act as an inflammatory agent in the body. What is inflammation a sign of? Foreign substance. The body is trying to get rid of something it doesn’t like, and we must listen to it. We all know someone, or suffer ourselves from an inflammatory condition. To illustrate this further, let’s have a look at the list of conditions related to inflammation in the body:

List of Inflammatory Diseases

1 – Acne Vulgaris
2 – Alzheimer’s

 3 – Arthritis
4 – Asthma
5 – Atherosclerosis
6 – Autoimmune Diseases
7 – Celiac Disease
8 – Chronic Prostatitis
9 – Colitis
10 – Crohn’s Disease
11 – Dermatitis
12 – Diverticulitis
13 – Glomerulonephritis
14 – Hepatitis
15 – Hypersensitivities
16 – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
17 – Interstitial Cystitis
18 – Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
19 – Lupus Erythematous
20 – Nephritis
21 – Parkinson’s
 22 – Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
23 – Reperfusion Injury
24 – Rheumatoid Arthritis
25 – Sarcoidosis
26 – Transplant Rejection
27 – Ulcerative Colitis
28 – Vasculitis
source: http://atozhealthtopics.blogspot.com
These are the oils we are eating with an overload of Omega 6 fats that lead to this list of inflammatory diseases. Please note, this list is far from comprehensive.
source: wholehealthsource.blogspot.com
Anthropological sources suggest that human’s evolved eating a diet with an ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 of 1:1. While it may be difficult to accomplish, a great starting point is to supply your diet with Omega-3 EFA’s containing food and supplements. In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have determined that healthy young adults ages 18-25 can improve their working memory even further by increasing their Omega-3 fatty acid intake. Their findings have been published online in PLOS One.
Also, please be aware that meat products such as beef that are raised on American/Canadian farms are fed nothing but carbs and grains to make them fat and juicy. This is not what cows are meant to eat, just like it is not what we were meant to eat. Cows that are grass-fed as nature intended have a perfect Omega 3:6 ratio and are great for us to eat. (Don’t believe the red meat warnings. Grass-fed red meat is not only heart-healthy but heart-healing even.) Meat that is sold in regular grocery stores may be advertised to have eaten a “Vegetarian Diet!” and be “Hormone Free!” Think about it, what do vegetarians eat? Pasta. Grain. The meat will be filled with unhealthy Omega 6’s, just as our bodies are. Avocado, avocado oil, and coconut oil are three more excellent fats to use in your diet.
I cannot think of enough reasons for everyone to stop eating grains and carbs. Grains are what fully cause belly fat. Grains are actually toxic, containing toxins such as lectin and phytic acid. Wheat is the worst culprit, mainly consumed in the U.S., which just happens to be the fattest country in the world. Coincidence? I think not.
source: http://diabetescure101.com/BMI.htm
source: https://apps.who.int/infobase/
The LOWEST prevalence of obesity, less than 1.3%, is present in rice, vegetable, and meat eating countries: China, India, Japan, Indonesia, and southeast Asia. 
Rice is the only “safe” grain and non-toxic cereal grain that can be eaten in moderation and not cause a toxic inflammatory reaction or intense insulin spike. The countries that rely on wheat, the U.S. and Australia, are the FATTEST. Thanks to our friend up there, the food pyramid. If you go into any bakery, bread shop, or supermarket and try to find that “pasta and bread” recommended as the staple of our diet, unless labeled “gluten-free,” it is packed with wheat. Studies were done with mice comparing the body fat and insulin resistance of those who ate wheat to those who ate rye (another glutinous and dangerous grain), although those who ate rye got considerable fat, the mice who are wheat were worse.
Body fat percentage was 20.2% in the wheat group, 13.7% in the rye group; fasting insulin was 126 pM in the wheat group, 90 pM in the rye group; and fasting cholesterol, triglycerides, and free fatty acids were higher in the wheat group.
source:  Andersson U et al. Metabolic effects of whole grain wheat and whole grain rye in the C57BL/6J mouse. Nutrition. 2010 Feb;26(2):230-9. http://pmid.us/19647415.
As you can see from the graph also provided above, Korea and Japan are the countries with the least obesity.. in the world. What are they doing that we’re not? Here’s what: 
source: http://smartpei.typepad.com/robert_patersons_weblog/2012/05/school-and-pop-a-wellness-battleground.html
China, India, Japan, Indonesia, and southeast Asia, the same countries highlighted in the above map as being the least obese, are the countries that consume LESS than 100 calories from sugar grains and sugar (carbohydrates) per day. 
The Conclusion
 As we’ve learned, sugar, grains, and hydrogenated/unbalanced oils are the things that are killing us. The cereal grains we consume more than 600 calories of per day have made us the most obsese country in the world, and many of us have guts to prove it. By replacing those calories we used to eat of grains with calories from healthy fat and protein sources, we will slim down in record time. Animal fat should be the main part of your diet, and saturated animal fat. Unlike you’ve been told by the standard diet, saturated fats are not the devil, in fact, they are a natural part of every animal. By eating animal fat as your main source of calories, you will be eating the protein aspect of the meat as well, conserving your muscle, building new muscle, and burning away fat storages created by left over sugar and grain.

You Might Also Like:

3 Comments

Dana

Reply
Thank you so much for this!

JessPL

Reply
What appdo you use to track your food intake? And great article btw 🙂

Nicholas and Olivia

Reply

MyFitnessPal. Thank you very much!

Leave a Comment

Instagram

Follow Organic Olivia

@ORGANIC_OLIVIA

Newsletter

Join the Organic Olivia Community