The Rise of Farming Part II Excerpt
If you are like most people, the message you have been receiving loud and clear for decades from so called nutritional experts, physicians and even the government is to cut the fat in your diet. No matter how well intentioned is this message, it is flatly wrong – period! It is not the total amount of fat in your diet that raises your blood cholesterol levels, increases your risk for heart disease, cancer and type II diabetes, but rather the type of fat. The typical western diet is dominated by cholesterol raising, artery clogging saturated fat. Secondly, we consume too much omega 6 polyunsaturated fats at the expense of the healthful omega 3 polyunsaturated fats. Finally most of us still regularly consume cholesterol-raising, trans fats found in margarine, shortening and nearly all processed foods. These are the types of fat you want to cut from your diet – the saturated fats, the trans fats and the omega 6 polyunsaturated fats. You want to restore the healthful monounsaturated and omega 3 fats that were the mainstays of Stone Age diets. By doing so, you will lower your blood cholesterol levels, reduce your risk for heart disease, cancer and other chronic illnesses. How did the typical western diet wander so far from the healthful fats our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate?
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