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An Interesting Anecdote: Saturated vs Unsaturated Fat

May 24, 2011

“…Cattle ranchers discovered the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats
in the 1940s, when they fed their livestock inexpensive coconut oil (a saturated
fat) in order to fatten them for market. But the cattle didn’t gain weight.
Instead, coconut oil made them lean, active, and hungry. Next, ranchers tested a
thyroid-suppressing drug. As expected, the livestock gained weight on less food,
but because the drug was strongly carcinogenic, it was discontinued. By the late
1940s, ranchers discovered that soybeans and corn caused the same anti-thyroid
effect as the thyroid-suppressing drug, allowing animals to gain more weight on
less food. Since then, corn and soy have been the staples of feedlot
cattle.

A later experiment fed animals pure unsaturated vegetable oil,
pure saturated coconut oil, and various mixtures of the two. The animals’
obesity increased in proportion to the ratio of unsaturated fat in their diet,
independent of the total amount of fat or calories they consumed. Animals that
ate even small amounts of unsaturated oil were fat, and those that ate large
amounts of coconut oil were thin.

By 1950, unsaturated fats were clearly
shown to suppress the metabolic rate, apparently by creating hypothyroidism. In
following years, scientists looked for the mechanism that caused this effect and
found that unsaturated fats damage mitochondria through oxidation and enzyme
suppression. The more unsaturated a vegetable oil is, the more specifically it
suppresses tissue response to thyroid hormones. Unsaturated fats are derived
from the seeds of plants, and seeds contain toxins and enzyme suppressors that
block protein digestive enzymes in the stomachs of mammals. These chemicals
evolved to protect seeds from predators and prevent germination until conditions
are optimal for sprouting. It’s probably no coincidence that millions of people
who eat thyroid-damaging toxins and enzyme suppressors have an epidemic of
obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, immune system disorders, arthritis,
and other chronic diseases.

But wait a minute. If polyunsaturated fats
are bad for us, why does everyone believe that coconut oil and other saturated
fats are harmful to health and polyunsaturated fats are beneficial? How did that
happen?…”

Unhealthy Vegetable Oils?

Be careful reading the first paragraph of the full article, it goes on to say it is all wrong. Article goes on to blast the myths about cholesterol etc, worth a read for those interested in not getting biochemically shafted by TPTB.

Food Pyramid similar to govt one - this is from an organicy vegetariany site - I disagree. The point is (IMO, naturally) the fat myths are pervasive enough to deceive even these health fanatics.

Look at the things that get all the flak from the corporate/foundation groups. Saturated fat and salt. And smoking, but as I have said before I think that’s just because dead smokers don’t leave them with clean organs to harvest and sell. Meanwhile not a peep about refined sugar, deficiency in vitamin D among others (even though in the UK rickets has returned), and barely mentioning white flour but only once a lot of people know.

I mean, are these the actions of people genuinely concerned about public wellbeing? Something doesn’t add up.

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