Posts Tagged: Saturated Fat

Why Healthy Diets Fail

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By Matt Stone There is a lot of hype surrounding various “healthy diets.” I too had a religious faith that a nutritious and wholesome diet would deliver unspeakable vitality. The science seemed to be there, testimonials left and right, and it “just made so much sense.” But, when I tried various versions of what seemed like the optimal diet at the time, it didn’t always work out the way I assumed it would. After many years of communication with people about health and diet, I’ve come to realize that I’m not the exception, but that the long-term success of puritanical eating endeavors fail more often than they succeed. Although I could easily construct a 50-item list of reasons as to why that is, I’ll keep it to the top 10…… Read more »

Stalling the Aging Metabolism

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My girlfriend’s daughter just turned 7.  We were eating some food at a restaurant the other day and I watched her eat 2 cheeseburgers, half an order of French fries, a small milkshake, and a few good sips of a soft drink.  I looked up all the nutrition data for her meal, and it totaled, by modest estimates, 1,200 calories.  She weighs a whopping 49 pounds.  That day she consumed over 2,500 calories.  No I don’t meticulously count all her calories.  But I did that day because her appetite was extraordinarily large, and well, you know, I’m a nerd.  Metabolism has been the epicenter of my research for the last several years, and that’s just too impressive not to calculate and ponder. To put it into perspective, that single meal… Read more »

Vegetable Oils

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The most commonly-used type of oils in the United States and soon to be most nations, are none other than corn and soy oils and other plant-derived oils.  These are the most common oils in the diet because these crops represent the monstrosity that is American agribusiness.  They are grown cheaply, the government pays subsidies for excess, and the excess has given the food industry a strong impetus to create as much foodlike stuff out of it as possible.  It’s a good example of how Capitalism turns to Crapitalism. Once upon a time there were these things called butter, beef tallow, and lard.  These were the types of fats used in every household.  Other fats came from naturally-fatty foods that could be easily pressed without complex chemistry, such as olives,… Read more »

Dietary Fat

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Dietary fat is generally the most feared of all food substances.  From the beginning of time until the middle of the 20th century; however, fat was the most highly-regarded and honored of all food substances.  Why the 180? In the middle of the 20th century, up and coming scientist Ancel Keys developed a theory that fat caused heart disease, which was, and still is, the leading cause of death in modern nations despite its extreme rarity before the 1920’s.  He found plenty of data to support his theory, most notably that Japan and a handful of other countries that consumed less fat than America had lower rates of heart disease.  He only picked seven countries that backed up his theory, but that was evidently enough for Keys to pronounce, “case… Read more »

180 Massaman Wins X Games Gold

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Molly, a friend, and top Thai cooking student of mine has a whole brood of professional athlete offspring.  The kids were all coming into town to compete in the X games, and Molly REALLY wanted to make them some Massaman curry – 180-style. I made her a monster batch of Massaman curry paste, gave her the remainder of my case of Chaokoh coconut milk (180-Approved loot), gave her some last minute tips about salting the crap out of it, and sent her on her way.  “The kids loved it,” she said.  “They think I’m a rock star.”  And since I am notorious for taking all the credit for everything that happens in this world while eagerly deflecting all traces of blame, I figured this was an excellent opportunity to show… Read more »

David Brown on Omega 6 Fats

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One nutrition researcher who claims to have been “studying nutritional controversies” for decades is David Brown of Kalispell, MT. David contacted me nearly two years ago, and we’ve kept in close contact ever since. In our health travels, we’ve both come to similar conclusions on the two greatest dietary evils – omega 6 fat and refined fructose. With all the fructose bashing going on around here lately, it only seemed fair to do a quick post on omega 6 as well, and why omega 3 fatty acids and saturated fats are the optimal fat choices to avoid omega 6 overload – which potentially results in a hyperinflammatory condition in the body. David recently wrote this letter, and cc’ed me on the e-mail. It was worth sharing. Thanks David. The video by Bill Lands that he recommends at… Read more »

Weight Watchers Fail

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The other day I posted a nice message sent to me about epic diet failure. Well guess what? I got another message from a lifelong dieter early this morning. The story is the same. A little weight crept in during the early years, which was met with swift Weight Watchers catastrophe. All diets suck, but calorie restriction in which foods of all degrees of quality or lack thereof are on the same playing field is sheer metabolic suicide. Here’s the e-mail, and what I believe is a pretty decent response from cap’n 180 himself… Hi Matt, I recently found out about your blog via Free The Animal.com (I clicked on your name after reading one of your comments). I have been perusing the archives of your terrific blog for the… Read more »

Leptin and Reversing type 2 Diabetes

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As most of you have heard, my new eBook, 180 Degree Diabetes – Preventing and Reversing Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome, and Type 2 Diabetes, has been published. In that book, I fail to talk about the connection between the hormone leptin and type 2 diabetes, although I’m fully aware of it. The book was complicated enough, and the bottom line is that overfeeding HED-style has the ability to decrease insulin resistance. It is quite possible, however, that it does this because overfeeding raises leptin levels, and leptin is the master hormone that may control insulin resistance – even more so than cortisol which I chose to focus on instead. On page 87 of 180 Degree Diabetes, I use a quote by Russ Farris from The Potbelly Syndrome, which is discussed… Read more »

The 1909 American Diet

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I’ve done more book-throwing this week than any week prior. First, there was a little post-alcohol and refined sugar crash that involved an argument and me throwing, not in any particular direction or with malicious intent toward the author – a copy of Julian Whitaker’s Reversing Diabetes. The book wasn’t the worst I’ve ever read, but after hearing all this miraculous diabetes reversal talk from Whitaker, I almost threw it again when I got to the end and read a selection of his Auschwitz recipes – many of which were under 300 calories. The real tear-jerker was Primal Mind-Primal Body, by Nora Gedgaudas. I was already a little wary of it after it received accolades at world champion artificial sweetener consumer Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb site. But… Read more »

Gerry Rigging

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Sorry folks. I’ve been a busy little boy trying to get my next eBook together before the end of the month. Here’s a short little post – a reply of mine to www.diseaseproof.com. Although I know better, I’ve tried hard to open up intelligent conversations and remind the site moderator, “Gerry,” that there are gaping holes in some his logic and conclusions. Gerry is an arm of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a guy that I mostly agree with as he recommends a nutritious, whole-foods diet, completely devoid of processed foods, as the means of achieving good health, preventing and reversing a wide spectrum of diseases. Our only major points of contention is whether or not animal products and saturated fat can be part of a nutritious whole foods diet. He says… Read more »

Andy Bellatti

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Howdy folks, Here is a conversation between and my good bud Andy Bellatti, blog author at “Small Bites.” Andy is pretty convinced that the cure to the obesity epidemic is to eat smaller portions, and get more physical activity. In other words, he’s in the majority and he feels that fringe renegades such as the infamous Matt Stone of 180DegreeHealth are a big part of the problem – watering down the real message and confusing the public. He’s of course anti-saturated fat, cholesterol, thinks meat should be minimized in the diet – aka “mostly plants.” He’s a very enthusiastic fellow, one that me and my bud David Brown have tried to steer away from “the dark side” on big topics such as saturated fat. But he ain’t hearin’ it! Still,… Read more »

CBS News Fraud – Jan Kwasniewski

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The other day a fried of mine passed along a CBS evening news report on Polish doctor Jan Kwasniewski. Please click here to watch. Many people have mentioned Kwasniewski’s work to me, as we apparently have come to near identical conclusions on what is more or less the optimal diet for healing the majority of illnesses facing humanity. Kwasniewski, like myself, is a strong proponent for a diet that contains adequate but not excessive protein, few carbohydrates, and a proportionally large quantity of fat – ideally from animal sources. The news, in any form, is not something I typically follow for good reason. The greatest reason is that my quality of life is greatly diminished by watching the news. It takes my focus away from my tangible reality and shifts… Read more »

Diverticulosis

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This week is evidently digestion week. It began with an email from a friend on helping out with a digestive condition called “diverticulosis,” which she referred to, unknown of the spelling, as “diver-tickle-o-sis.” Next, some friends came over for dinner and, naturally, we talked about IBS while eating. I’m a classy dinner host no doubt. For starters, diverticulosis is a condition, an extremely common one, where pockets form in the intestines and fill with fecal matter. They are basically small blowouts in the intestinal walls, where it balloons out and gets clogged. As this mass ferments and continues to stretch out the intestinal walls, inflammation can set in, causing the development of a condition called diverticulitis. As with IBS, these conditions are both caused and exacerbated by malabsorption, and more… Read more »

180 Degree Sneak Peek – Hyperinsulinemia and Friends

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…Carbohydrates alone do not cause insulin resistance. Having your insulin levels rise over and over again in response to carbohydrate-rich meals does not solely lead to insulin resistance and the compensatory hyperinsulinemia that is at the core of modern diseases. Most people on the low-carb side of the fence would have you believe that our Paleolithic evolutionary genetic programming has left us incapable of ingesting so many carbohydrates – that the amount of carbohydrates we’re currently eating is too much. That’s what the low-carbers really believe, that the human being is not designed to eat but a tiny amount of carbohydrates. Here are some kinks. Some of the healthiest, leanest, and longest-living human groups ever discovered eat a very high carbohydrate diet. The Sikhs of India and the Hunzas of… Read more »

Malabsorption

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First off, apologies to my long-time followers for always being so preoccupied with Weston A. Price and others that witnessed the sudden dramatic decline of health at the dawn of modern food. But the shift of human health really dominates my thinking. From the beginning I’ve really been perplexed and driven to understand how and what, specifically, brought about this shift. As a very brief recap for all the newbies, Price directly observed a dramatic change in physical, mental, and even societal health amongst several independent groups of humans worldwide, as they were exposed to modern foods for the first time from a previously natural, nutritious, and untainted diet. Highlights include improper formation of facial structure resulting in crooked teeth, something we now just consider to be normal and “genetic”… Read more »

Devitalized Food

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Modern, mainstream nutritional dogma tells us that eating a lot of fats, a lot of calories, and not exercising are the primary causes of the degenerative process leading to heart disease, Diabetes, obesity, and perhaps Cancer. People unaligned with mainstream thought on the subject of human health say that those claims are full-blown BS. Gary Taubes, who researched the subject for half a decade before writing his human health opus, Good Calories, Bad Calories, has pretty much established that it is in fact, BS. Still, on his side of the fence, carbohydrates are the root of all evil – the cause of the entire degenerative process ranging from your good ole’ heart attack to Alzheimer’s. Yet, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, whatever – have been staples of various human diets throughout history… Read more »

Got Hyperinsulinism?

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Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that is secreted to manage proper blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels are extremely important. Too much sugar or too little sugar circulating through our bloodstream has an incredibly powerful – and harmful effect. Sugar balance is therefore of the utmost importance. Insulin is a storage hormone, meaning that it triggers the storage of sugar into the liver and the cells. Because of this property it is considered the key hormone involved in the accumulation of body fat. In fact, Type I diabetics that cannot produce insulin will literally waste away if insulin is not medically administered. Because carbohydrates, simple sugars in particular, have a pronounced effect on insulin in the body – causing a tremendous rise in the amount of insulin… Read more »

Research Quotes 2007

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“The single greatest factor in the acquisition and maintenance of good health is perfectly constituted food.”-Sir Robert McCarrison; Nutrition and Health (1936) “The truth will always be in the minority. Always, always, always… You will never find it in the hallways of conventional institutions. You will find it in pockets, in clusters, individually. And it will not be mainstream.”-Joel Salatin; Everything I Want to Do is Illegal (2007) “Nutrition is the master healing science. All else is mere remedy at best. Nutrition necessitates lifestyle change, while other methods, effective as they may seem, are temporary if nutritional changes are neglected. We cannot hope to get well by taking medication and consuming junk food… all other therapeutic disciplines are secondary to nutrition… Nutrition is the Master Science and stands above all… Read more »

A New Revolutionary Field of Biology!

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A book I’m currently reading, The Biology of Belief, got my motors running in a big way. It fired me up because it totally sums up the ridiculous blind tangent that some of the “smartest” people have been on for 60 years. The author, Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., states that the field of epigenetics (meaning control above genetics) is a revolutionary new field of biology regarding how we look at heredity. Instead of seeing genes as the sole determinants of our blueprint, epigenetics “profoundly changes our understanding of how life is controlled.” By this I can only assume that “our” refers to the idiots that have been trying to unlock the human genetic code, and “profoundly changes our understanding” means that they no longer think about it with the intellectual integrity… Read more »

Silly Wabbit, Fat is for Devouring

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Again, as most of you have discovered, I’m a huge proponent of unadulterated fats. The concept of certain types of fats being healthy is becoming increasingly common. Most fad nutritionists refer to “healthy” fats as being “actually good for you.” Still, most warn of animal fats, saturated fats, and whole fat dairy products. They also typically recommend “lean” meats, skinless chicken breasts, steamed foods over fried and sautéed versions, etc. Increasingly common exceptions are coconut oil as well as cocoa butter from dark chocolate, which are both highly saturated, but because of the types of fatty acids they contain they are nevertheless starting to gain some fanfare in the health and nutrition mainstream. This is a very promising trend; however, most people are still under the impression that fats in… Read more »