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Trans Fatty Acids In Processed Foods & Insulin Resistance

"Treating Diabetes: Practical Advice for Combating a Modern Epidemic" by Thomas Cowan, MD

Date:   6/27/2011 12:25:31 AM   ( 10 y ) ... viewed 1392 times

"Unless eaten to great excess, fats do not contribute to diabetes--with one exception. Trans fatty acids in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils can cause insulin resistance. When these man-made fats get built into the cell membrane, they interfere with the insulin receptors. In theory, this means that one could develop insulin resistance without eating lots of carbohydrates. But in practice, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils are always used in the very high-carbohydrate foods--french fries, cookies, crackers, donuts and margarine on bread or potatoes--that flood the bloodstream with sugar. Trans fatty acids in modern processed foods present a double whammy for which the human species has developed no defenses."

I believe it was synchronistic for me to meet Marc J. Weigensberg, M.D. in San Diego today after he attended a conference on Diabetes. That inspired me to start this blog which I will continue adding to it as there are a number of important links that I can provide starting with the one above.

Dr. Cowan continues: "During the 1980s, researchers began to ask whether obesity, coronary artery disease, hypertension and other common medical problems that occur together are really separate diseases, or manifestations of one common physiological defect. The evidence now points to one defect and that is hyperinsulinemia, or excessive insulin levels in the blood. Hyperinsulinemia is the physiological event that links virtually all of our degenerative diseases. It is the biochemical corollary or marker of the events described in heart disease."

My thinking (based on the above) is that - to the extent to which partially hydrogenated vegetable oils can be identified as the cause of insulin resistance is the extent to which the right dietary changes will reverse hyperinsulinemia. The dietary changes are easily attainable (IMO) by adopting the principals of radiant health that were discovered by Dr. Weston A. Price and now advocated by The Weston A. Price Foundation, the Price-Pottenger Foundation and others!

Cowan: "... Traditional foods were grown in mineral-rich soil, contained mineral-rich bone broth and salt, and included mineral-rich water or beverages made with such water. ..."

The food-based nutritional healing that is needed for hyperinsulinemia is three-fold and include: the foods themselves, their sources and their preparation. Firstly the foods need to be grown in/raised on the right soils. Organic may provide that but that depends a lot on how the soils are cared for. That's why "Your Enchanted Gardener", myself and many more say "know your grower", visit their site and know how they grow your food. How do they nourish the soil? Although the organic methods may vary in this regards the Biodynamic approach excels in this instance! My best recommendation is locate your closest Biodynamic sources and get as much of those foods as possible! Then you can be better assured that you are getting the most nutrient-dense foods available.

Once you have the quality and the right foods then all that remains is to prepare them properly. You may already know not to prepare your foods with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. I may provide a list of what that includes here to make that clear. Essentially you'll want to use traditional fats like butter, lard, coconut oil, tallow, and possibly some real olive oil (and a few more). Make sure the olive oil is 100% olive oil and not blended with any other oil.

To Be Continued.

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