McDonalds Was Right
It's hard to know how to hold your face when people paint themselves into a corner and insist that's not where they are.
Here's the deal, Self-appointed busybodies screamed and yelled and hollered about McDonalds using beef fat to cook their fries. Deciding ahead of time that McDonalds was evil incarnate, they accused McDonalds of purposely risking our very lives with saturated fat.
The media, of course, joined in. Joining causes with no basis in fact seems to give them joy.
McDonalds switched to trans-fats
And so it was in 1990 that McDonalds switched to trans-fats. The busybodies who insisted on that action took a bow. The media congratulated themselves on humbling McDonalds.
Well, now, there's an oops! Trans-fats, liquid vegetable oils shot through with hydrogen to make them solid at room temperature-and to extend shelf life-are an unmitigated disaster.
Over the years, many studies confirmed the dastardly nature of trans-fats. Let's talk about one from the Mayo Clinic.
Trans-fats, sayeth the poobahs at Mayo, lower our high density lipoprotein, which we want to be high, and raise our low density lipoprotein, which we want to be low. Plus, transfats raise triglycerides. This, they went on, raises the specter of heart disease as far as they eye can see.
Two teensy problems.
First, while yanking our cholesterol around can't be a good idea, cholesterol levels don't cause heart disease. However, Mayo et al can't say that because Big Pharma has no solution for the actual problem of inflammation, and the pharmaceutical crowd's not ready to embrace the vitamins and minerals that get the job done.
Second, the problem described by Mayo-cholesterol that blocks blood vessels-has nothing to do with cholesterol levels, but with the fact cholesterol tries to protect our blood vessels from the ravages of inflammation.
Further down in their findings, Mayo talks about the inflammation caused by trans-fats. Bingo! That's the problem! Trans-fats rough up the lining of our blood vessels. Cholesterol, with the best of intentions, rushes in to coat over the resulting cracks and rough spots that rough up blood cells-and ends up causing blockages.
Get rid of inflammation
Get rid of inflammation, though, and you get rid of the problem.
Bottom line, trans-fats are bad for us. Which means nobody should eat oleo, no matter what the label claims. Oleo is trans-fat city. Vegetable oils are bad for us in any case-whether partially hydrogenated into trans-fats or not. Our bodies can't deal with the massive amounts of Omega 6 they pour into us.
No transfats? We ain't got nothing to cook with!
Well, actually we have excellent alternatives, but the saturated-fat police can't admit it. Coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil offer all sorts of health benefits-but they're saturated fats.
The anti-saturated-fat crowd won't admit they were and are wrong about saturated fat.
Fact is, the anti-sat-fat crowd downright refuses to admit even the possibility that they messed up. So they stay wrong, And mad. And self-righteous. In their eyes, nothing changes.
But truth marches on. Saturated fats are not a problem. I repeat, saturated fats are not a problem. They don't raise cholesterol, even if cholesterol were a problem. More importantly, they don't cause inflammation.
But McDonalds still can't go back to using beef fat-the safest alternative-because the same people who started the problem are ready to raise a ruckus again. No mountain of evidence can persuade them from their cause.
Well, while they all duke it out, we have to protect our health. Cook with butter, coconut oil, palm oil or palm kernel oil. Make salads with virgin olive oil.
See? That wasn't hard. We'll move on and let others continue their outdated debates.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.