Take it All in
With a Grain of Salt

July 24th, 2013
by Alfonso Ebanks

[private]I once knew an old lady with a small farm set back along the foot hills, skirting a fertile valley, where she let her chickens roam freely. She raised other animals, but chickens were the mainstay of her meager existence. She fed them coconut trash (what’s left after the coconut is chipped and grated and the milk removed) in the morning and left them alone to scrabble the rest of the day. She never sold a chicken, but she had a good market for their eggs. Customers thought they tasted better than “factory eggs” and claimed eggs from free-roaming hens were more nutritious. She was also famous for her coconut oil, because she extracted it the old-fashioned way, yielding an oil that was clear and sweet.

In Woody Allen’s 1973 comedy classic Sleeper, the owner of a health food store awakens in the 22nd century to find that experts are now recommending tobacco, deep fat, steak, cream pies and hot fudge.  (United Artists)

In Woody Allen’s 1973 comedy classic Sleeper, the owner of a health food store awakens in the 22nd century to find that experts are now recommending tobacco, deep fat, steak, cream pies and hot fudge. (United Artists)

Unbeknownst to the old lady, some very learned men were about to ruin her business. Magazines and newspapers were filled with articles written by doctors and other research scientists claiming that anyone eating more than a couple of eggs a week would surely die from cholesterol-induced heart disease.

To make things worse for her, around the same time producers of corn oil and soybean oil spread information that tied heart disease to the consumption of coconut oil.

The same doctors that were critical of eating eggs and using coconut oil were keen on recommending that we add Omega 3 fish oil to our diet to prevent certain diseases and control and manage others.

In recent years the bunk on eggs and coconut oil has been proven wrong. Eggs, eaten with moderation, are now considered the best single source of protein and provide many other benefits. Eating eggs can help prevent macular degeneration, cataracts and breast cancer. It also promoties healthy hair and nails. Eggs are one of the few natural sources of vitamin D.

According to one recent study, eating eggs may help prevent blood clots, strokes and heart attacks. Choline in egg yolks helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system.

As for coconut oil, there is not room enough in this article to list its beneficial properties. They range from softening the skin and preventing stretch marks to improving cardiovascular health and treating Alzheimer’s Disease.

It seems more than 60 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil are medium-chain triglycerides, which are converted by the liver into ketone bodies – an energy source for the brain. Ketone bodies fortify the brain and promote a regression of Alzeimer’s.

And what about Omega 3?

For more than 15 years I followed my doctor’s advice and used fish oil supplements, containing Omega 3, which were supposed to be beneficial for dozens of things, but especially for regulating cholesterol and preventing prostate cancer. Now a paper posted on the internet in July indicates that under certain conditions these supplements can increase a man’s risk of prostate cancer by 71 percent. That study came too late for me.

The old lady with the chicken farm is gone now. But her last days were made miserable by nutrition “experts” trying to make a name for themselves by publishing half truths that affected the lives of many, only to be later proven wrong.
All such nutritional studies should be taken with a grain of salt.[/private]

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