Politics aside, this past year has been productive for those of us trying to live a common sense lifestyle, particularly on the food front.
There was the new research on salt intake. Actually, as it turns out, the new research study has been the only real research study and it showed virtually no link between salt intake and hypertension, which has been the conventional wisdom for as long as I can remember.
I did a Podcast in March on the subject of salt where the scientific and medical communities have bought into the myth that salt is bad and must be severely limited.
All this mass hysteria over salt was based on one study done in the 1970s where the researchers fed massive amounts of salt to mice over an extended period of time and surprise, they developed health problems.
They never followed up with any reasonable human studies — other bogus ones, used only to advance the low/no salt myth, but no reasonable human studies. The myth of salt has been based on a single shoddy research study.
The new research found that not only is a reasonable, commonsense amount of salt not bad, but may very well aid in weight loss. And too little salt, as is currently recommended, can have catastrophic negative health effects.
Then came the new research on saturated fats where it was discovered once again that the claims of health issues like heart disease and stroke are completely unfounded. Once again, the new research found virtually no ill effects when consuming reasonable amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol. In fact, they could find little to no link to show cholesterol caused either stroke or heart disease.
But for decades we have been preached to about the dangers of salt and cholesterol laden foods. All unfounded — all bogus.
And now, yet more new research has been conducted blowing up the use of those “heart healthy” oils for cooking.
The Daily Mail “revealed that what we thought we knew about cooking oils is plain wrong,” that “most people had come to the seemingly obvious conclusion that frying with vegetable oils has to be healthier than cooking with animal fat.”
The conventional wisdom has been not to cook with olive oil because of its low smoke point which causes the oil to change into a rather unhealthy concoction. Better to use vegetable or sunflower oil due to their higher heat resistance. So, the research was conducted on a number of these vegetable oils, sunflower oil and animal fats such as lard — the fat that used to make McDonald’s French fries taste so good.
They brought the oils and fats to frying temperature and then sent the samples to a lab in Leicester England to be analyzed. Evidently the finding surprised everyone.
Sunflower and corn oil rapidly oxidized forming cancer and heart disease causing aldehydes. Apparently “consuming or inhaling them, even in small amounts, has been linked to increased risk of cancer and heart disease. Aldehydes, which are known promoters of cancer, heart disease and dementia when eaten or inhaled, were present in levels up to 20 times higher than recommended.”
So the “healthy” cooking oils turned out to be the exact opposite. “Put simply, cooking with these oils is producing even more toxic compounds than has ever before been realized.”
And what ended up being the healthiest, safest cooking oil? Well, it was a virtual tossup between olive oil, rapeseed oil, and the evil and never to be consumed butter and lard.
Head researcher, Prof. Martin Grootveld of the De Montfort University, found that “Far lower levels of toxic compounds were generated by these oils and the compounds that are actually less threatening to the human body.”
His conclusion is, when frying food, “To reduce production of harmful aldehydes, go for a product high in mono or saturated fat (preferably greater than 60%), and low in polyunsaturates (less than 20%),” and “his personal cooking choice is unequivocal. ‘If I had a choice between lard and polyunsaturates, I’d use lard every time.’”
So there you have it. Yet another wacky liberal unfounded food myth busted. I say liberal because limiting our choices of foods is just another form of control, and we know how liberals just love to control our behavior. After all, they do know what’s best for us.
The question now is, will the truth make a difference at this point, and will any of these truths ever see the light of day in the liberal mainstream press?