Vegetable oil was once considered garbage. Now Americans eat it in large doses.

Vegetable oil was once considered garbage. Now Americans eat it in large doses.

Washington DC personal trainerHere is a fascinating excerpt from a new book titled The Happiness Diet, featured in The Atlantic. It talks about how vegetable oil manufacturers originally intended their product to be used for things like soap – NOT for human consumption.

“What was garbage in 1860 was fertilizer in 1870, cattle feed in 1880, and table food and many things else in 1890.” — Popular Science, on cottonseed [oil]

and:

[Crisco] (like many of its imitators) was 50 percent trans fat, and it wasn’t until the 1990s that its health risks were understood. It is estimated that for every two percent increase in consumption of trans fat (still found in many processed and fast foods) the risk of heart disease increases by 23 percent. As surprising as it might be to hear, the fact that animal fats pose this same risk is not supported by science.

I haven’t read the book yet, so I can’t endorse the nutritional claims in the book. It sounds like an interesting read, though. And the idea that nutrition can influence your mood (and even cause or cure depression) has a lot of support in the scientific literature.

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Scientific fact: a diet rich in "vegetable" oils will make even the most mild-mannered kitty have murderous thoughts.

Stephan Guyenet PhD, one of my favorite bloggers, has an excellent series on how vegetable oils are causatively linked to:

  • increased aggression,
  • homicide,
  • suicides,
  • depression, and
  • bipolar disorder.

Mind you, these are not just correlation studies. He includes several slam-dunk, placebo-controlled intervention studies in there.

And regarding that last sentence: “As surprising as it might be to hear, the fact that animal fats pose this same risk is not supported by science,” – we’ve talked about that before on this blog. Trans fats are some of the most dangerous substances you can legally eat, while saturated fat can actually improve your cholesterol profile.

That means that eating pure lard is actually better for your cholesterol than eating cottonseed oil!

At The Body You Want, we recommend limiting vegetable oil and trans fat intake to ensure maximum speed fat loss.

So please, ditch the industrially processed, originally-considered-garbage oils made from cottonseed, rapeseed, corn, soy, and whatever else the food industry has dreamed up. Eat butter (yes, butter!) instead. Your waistline and your grandkids will thank you (not to mention your non-murdered neighbors).

Jae Chung is a fitness coach at The Body You Want Fitness Solutions. If you’re interested in a no-nonsense, “eat real food and get real exercise” approach to fat loss, give us a call at 202-316-1457 to schedule a Rapid Results Strategy Session today!

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