"But before I ignore all the "education" we've received over the years,
regarding the deleterious health affects caused by a diet high in red
meat, lard, milk, and butter, I'd like to see some good, clinical
studies, and a whole lotta proof."
Robert, she can't give you proof. There have been no studies that have
considered the effects of toxins in the animal fats as having any effect on
the study results. Totally ignored.
I am in the American Oil Chemists' Society and all their studies ignore the
source of the oil as important. When they do a study on soybean oil it is
assumed immaterial whether it was hexane extracted or cold pressed. We have
30 years of nutritional studies that may well be worthless because impact
of the toxin variable has been ignored.
No one has EVER tested these refined and bleached products against organic
or cold-pressed counterparts. Someone just inquired about the cholesterol
lowering qualities of flax oil. A simple internet search should turn up
numerous references on the health aspects of evening primrose, flax, and
borage oils. These oils sold for supplement use are also cold-pressed and
the original studies were done by companies trying to create a market for
their high quality cold-pressed product. The question remains, is the
effect strictly due to the fatty acid composition or is it also a function
of gentler production methods?
The net result is organic farmers don't have the data to "prove" their
products are better.
This poultry industry is another one that needs to have its products
challenged. Feed performance is commonly tested in animals and never tested
in humans. I have a grocery-store egg study that is similar to the Putzskai
(sp?) potato lectin study. Three years ago I was supplementing my rhea
chicks' diet with infertile rhea eggs. In the fall I ran out of rhea eggs
and used grocery-store chicken eggs. Within 14 days, 50% of the chicks had
developed a common rhea/ostrich chick problem-leg rotations- and had to be
destroyed. There is no treatment for the problem and it can be
devastating. I presented my observations and theory at the national
convention. The following season the other rhea farmers using infertile
rhea eggs as food for the chicks had no leg rotation problems. It is now
routine among ostrich/rhea growers to supplement with infertile ratite eggs
and the problem has been virtually eradicated.
So, in March we are going to raise chickens (they are cheap) with free range
eggs vs. grocery store eggs. We will see what happens with these growth
curves, it could be interesting. Total cost of study: <$200. I also intend
to put the chickens in the freezer at the end of the 12 weeks.
Anyway, we need more of these challenges to establish if there is superior
nutrition in organic or free ranged food.
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