Conventional wisdom says that red meat and saturated fat are the primary drivers of heart disease. So in order to avoid that, many people have chosen to eat chicken which is thought to be more lean. Problem is that the incidence of heart disease has not decreased and here is what is thought to be the issue.
Conventionally raised chicken is fed corn. That in itself is a problem since most corn grown in the US is genetically modified and farmed using the herbicide, glyphosate. While everyone is aware of the dangers of consuming too much sugar, trans fats and polyunsaturated fat from vegetable oils are much worse and are a greater contributor to chronic disease. The connection here is that when chickens are fed corn their flesh becomes high in omega 6 fat from the corn. Eating a lot of conventionally raised chicken is the same as consuming a lot of vegetable oil.
Vegegable oil is high in omega 6 fats. While we definitely need both omega 3 and 6, the standard American diet, typically high in processed foods and grains, provides too much omega 6 which becomes inflammatory and has been found to be a driver of chronic disease. The idea ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 is one to one. Unfortunately most Americans’ ratio is closer to 25 to1!
This dangerous myth has remained since the 1960s and even today changing this misinformation is difficult especially since there are no profits to be made from recommending people eat well-raised, real food as opposed to processed foods. Diabetes has become an epidemic in our country and besides the fact that overweight and obesity is a primary cause, there is a connection here too. The insulin sensitivity of your fat cells is opposite to that of the rest of your body. In other words, when your fat cells are insulin resistant, the rest of your body is insulin sensitive, which is what you want. And the factor that determines the insulin sensitivity of your fat cells is the fats you eat.
Omega 6 linoleic acid makes your cells more insulin sensitive which makes the rest of your body insulin resistant. Hence increase of diabetes. When you eat saturated fat from grass fed meat, for instance, your fat cells become insulin resistant and the rest of your body becomes insulin sensitive.
So eating less red meat and more chicken, processed foods, grains and vegetable oils not only causes weight gain but also insulin resistance and diabetes which trigger chronic illness including heart disease.
Have you substituted chicken for eating red meat in order to reduce saturated fats believing you are protecting your health?
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