So if you've read my story, you know that I eat a lot of fat. 70-75% of my 2000 calories per day diet comes from fat. When I say that, most people say, "good fats, right?" I say, "Yeah good like bacon fat, saturated fat, coconut oils." Most people make a classic 'disgust' face when I say saturated fats. When I say organic & grass-fed, they seem to warm up to the idea. Then they are very confused that eating fats could be good for them. Eating this way has reduced my triglycerides, increased my HDL and reduced my blood pressure. If this experiment of N=1 were the only one it would be interesting, but there are so many with similar stories. In fact it seems that is the way it works, you reduce your carbs, replace those calories with fats and your body springs back into health. It is a complex balance of Omega 3/6 fats that reduces inflammation and turns you into a fat-burning machine that gives you the results. But as you can see, you'll be swimming upstream if you try this lifestyle. Like we've said, sugar is everywhere, so are inflammatory oils.
So what happened to our diets in the past century that caused all this disease? We reduced our animal fats for sure, however we increased our vegetable oils. The problem with vegetable oils they are very high in Omega 6 fatty acids. Vegetable oil consumption rose dramatically between the beginning and end of the 20th century, and this had an entirely predictable effect on the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in the American diet. Between 1935 and 1939, the ratio of n-6 to n-3 fatty acids was reported to be 8.4:1. From 1935 to 1985, this ratio increased to 10.3:1 (a 23% increase). Other calculations put the ratio as high as 12.4:1 in 1985. Today, estimates of the ratio range from an average of 10:1 to 20:1, with a ratio as high as 25:1 in some individuals. In fact, Americans now get almost 20% of their calories from a single food source – soybean oil – with almost 9% of all calories from the omega-6 fat linoleic acid (LA) alone! (source)
Tim & Lynette Jenné are learners first and foremost. We love to ask "why?" We question the status quo. We also love to research and find answers for ourselves. As parents of four adult children, we've learned a few things along the way that may be helpful to others. We love to live & eat clean, simple lives.