I am a Nutritional Therapist, who loves to eat real food, who loves to talk and read about real food and who loves to see when other people are thriving on real food. There is lots of information about food and nutrition nowadays than there has ever been. Everybody “knows the facts” about saturated fats, cholesterol, soy, vegetarianism, etc. Or don’t they? People can get their hands on any nutritional information that is out there and get smarter. Or not? Well, like you, I was one of those people who tried to read just about anything and everything about nutrition and food. I was looking for solutions to help myself and my family as we struggled with our various health issues. I was overwhelmed with tons of nutritional information in the variety of magazines and books I was reading and some of them even contradicted each other. Frustrating! I tried very hard but was left with almost no results. In some cases I was even harming myself!
You know how life sometimes throws meaningful people in your life? Looking back I was getting hints and insights but I did not pay attention. Too overwhelmed? I did not listen to my gut either. So life’s coincidence brought me to a Naturopath, who taught me about real food, recommended a couple of books and I started to slowly heal. When my position at the local high school library was eliminated I took it as a good chance for a career change, went through intensive training at NTA and became a Nutritional Therapist. I started to read more nutrition books (even cookbooks!) that finally made sense and revealed the facts that proved being beneficial for our health. There I learned the truth about nutrition and started to heal quickly! I learned tons about the human body through Functional Evaluation (see Q&A section on my website), how our digestive and other systems work, what foods support us, learned about pre-conception preparation, how to deal with and stop fatigue, cravings, etc. and even what to do to support our dental health! We talked about food, exchanged recipes and so much more!
In this blog I would like to share with you some of the myths and truths about nutrition. If you do not agree with me, that is fine, everybody is entitled to their opinion. Please, just read it and really think about it. Some of the information may seem different or unheard of than what the “diet dictocrats” tell us but our ancestors and history shows otherwise … and there is a proof! (more on this in the next blogs)
Myths and Truths in Nutrition:
(Source: Weston A. Price Foundation – Principles of Healthy Diets)
Myth: Heart disease in America is caused by consumption of cholesterol and saturated fat from animal products.
Truth: During the period of rapid increase in heart disease (1920-1960), American consumption of animal fats declines but consumption of hydrogenated and industrially processed vegetable fats increased dramatically. (USDA – HNIS)
Myth: Saturated fat clogs arteries.
Truth: The fatty acids found in artery clogs are mostly unsaturated (74%) of which 41% are polyunsaturated. (Lancet 1994 344:1195).
Highly processed vegetable oils such as canola, cottonseed, soy oil and others are the culprits here. Vegetable oils are fairly new for our bodies whereas lard and butter were consumed for thousands of years. Think about it, if the saturated fats were so bad for us, we as humans would not survive on this planet. And if the vegetable oils were good for us then there would be no obesity, heart disease, and other health issues people struggle with nowadays.
Myth: To avoid heart disease, we should use margarine instead of butter.
Truth: Margarine eaters have twice the rate of heart disease as butter eaters. (Nutrition Week 3/22/91 21:12).
Think about the French (or other European countries or even America before 1920), who eat tons of cream, butter and other saturated fats and they are at their optimum weight and do not suffer from degenerative diseases as Americans do. As a kid I ate (and I still do) tons of butter and cream and I am still here free from heart disease, obesity or other diseases. The same goes for my parents. ;o)
So what do you think? I hope it opened your eyes and mind. I do not like to overwhelm people with too much information at once. I will have more on saturated fats and other myths in my later blogs. Please share with others and let me know what you think. ;o)
Anna Simpson is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. She is the owner of a nutritional consulting business, Well Beyond Nutrition – Nutritional Therapy with Healing Foods. Anna is a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.
Anna offers Nutritional Counseling with a focus on Foundations (Digestion, Blood Sugar, Fatty Acids, Minerals, Hydration) and a Properly-Prepared, Nutrient-Dense Real Foods Diet. Services range from package deals to individualized sessions based on your needs. Contact Anna for a free consultation to see how she can help you!
I, Anna Simpson, am not a licensed or certified doctor/medical professional. I do not diagnose, prescribe, treat or cure any disease, physical or mental. My services are not intended as a substitute for regular medical care performed by a licensed or certified doctor. The information or advice provided here is for educational purposes only. I educate and inform about holistic nutrition and health. Should you choose to use any advice discussed here, you are taking responsibility for your own actions.