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Fats and Oils, a brief discussion.
We have shared with any interested, the Vegebutter table spread concept, passing on freely the formula and how to make this nutritious and healthy alternative.
Below is a very brief explanation as to why we believe it is important to only eat unprocessed, un-heated oils.
It is only in the last 30 years or so that science has come to understand the importance of dietary essential oils and the role they play in our health. In the last 10 years especially, much has also been learnt about the toxicity of these oils when extracted with chemical solvents and otherwise processed using high temperatures.
An optimal intake of these unsaturated vegetable oils is very important for health, as is the avoidance of over heated and highly processed oils, as this changes the chemical structure of these oils making them potentially toxic.
good reference on this subject for those interested is: “Fats that Heal
Fats that Kill” by Udo Erasmus published by Alive Books. ISBN 0-920470-38-6
(retails around AUD $44)
is a very brief summary on fats and oils in human health much of which is drawn
from this book.
is also important to understand that not all health problems and degenerative
conditions are caused by eating habits and life-style.
diseases that involve fats prematurely kill over two-thirds of people currently
living in affluent, industrialized nations. Sixty eight percent of people die
from just three conditions that involve fatty degeneration: Cardiovascular
disease (43.8%), cancer (22.4%) and diabetes (1.8%).
deaths are in part, the result of eating habits based on ignorance and
1988 the US Surgeons General’s Report on Nutrition and Health concluded that
15 out of 21 deaths (more than two-thirds) in the US involved nutrition.
1900, only 1 in 7 people died of cardiovascular disease, and only 1 in 30 died
of cancer. Between that time and today, something basic and critical to health
has drastically changed.
span of history includes processed foods becoming a mega industry; the
introduction of pesticides; the rising use of pharmaceutical drugs; increased
industrial pollution of our soil, water and air; chlorination of water; car
exhaust; tobacco smoke; and indoor pollution through the use of synthetic
All of these factors were rare before 1900.
fats that heal contain unsaturated fatty acids that make them liquid oils. These
differ from saturated fatty acids in only one respect; they contain one or more
double bonds between the carbon atoms in their fatty carbon chain. The greater
the number of double bonds in the fatty acid, the more liquid the oil and the
more vulnerable it is to structural change through heat and oxidation.
are three basic classes of these essential fatty acids:
fatty acids with one double bond; an example being Olive oil - also called omega
fatty acids with two double bonds; an example being Linoleic acid as found in
safflower and sunflower oils - also called omega 6 oils.
fatty acids with three double bonds; an example being Alpha-Linolenic Acid as
found in Flax oil and cold water fish oils - also called omega 3 oils.
quality, ratio and quantity of these three oil types in our diet, plays a very
important part in our health and our disease.
The double bonds in these unsaturated fatty acids give these oils specific
structural shapes that are critical for their function within our body and for
their promotion of health. Any change in this structural configuration can make
them detrimental to our health. They are affected especially by:
The double bonds in these unsaturated fatty acids give these oils specific structural shapes that are critical for their function within our body and for their promotion of health. Any change in this structural configuration can make them detrimental to our health. They are affected especially by:
where they react with oxygen 1000 times faster, to go rancid.
Oxygen that breaks down essential fatty acids even in the absence of light.
that breaks down the essential fatty acids by changing their shape. One such
change is from the natural cis configuration to the un-natural
and toxic trans configuration.
trans fatty acids have detrimental effects on our cardiovascular system, immune
system, reproductive system, energy metabolism, fat and essential fatty acid
metabolism, liver function and cell membranes.
vegetable oil industry turns over around 80 billion dollars annually and is a
powerful educative and political force that uses aggressive advertising
campaigns based on often misleading half truths and manipulative techniques in
order to gain market share.
of what this oil industry does in processing these oils alters their chemical
structures and removes the natural nutrients and there is a substantial and
increasing body of medical evidence suggesting that these changed oils may cause disease.
and “supermarket” oils are a source of these “potentially dangerous
to health” essential fatty acids.
shopping for oils it is best to only buy unprocessed, unrefined and cold pressed oils. They should
be refrigerated, packed in glass or tin and still have their original colour and
flavour. Be aware that many commercial oils are processed using high heat and thus
may be chemically altered. Avoid fried or deep fried foods.
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