A couple of people emailed me about the article I sent out by Dr. Dwight Lundell called “Heart surgeon speaks out on what really causes heart disease”. They were confused as to whether I was advocating the use of animal products.
I do not believe that the use of animal products is right for me, although I do think the Paleo diet is an improvement on the SAD Diet and seems to be working for some people. As you know I believe every body is different and that one diet does not fit all. There are many people who read our newsletter who are exploring various alternative diets.
I shared the article because I feel that the information that processed cheap oils and refined sugars are causing heart disease is important. I don’t agree nor does the good doctor say that eating animal products is the solution. Rather a raw vegan diet is still the clear solution in my view.
Although he does advocate choosing olive oil or butter over cheap oils, he is not saying that butter is the essential choice. Even if he was, I would take the valid science from the article and merge it with information garnered from my own experiences to make ever-more-informed dietary choices.
My experience tells me that raw foods are ideal for my body. However if I feel the need to choose cooked foods due to financial or other circumstances, I would like to know which cooked foods are healthiest and which cooked foods are definitively proven to be damaging.
What I hope people will take from this article is the importance of avoiding refined sugars (sugar and high fructose corn syrup) as well as the following oils:
If you are eating a cooked food diet after a long time of eating raw you may not realize that most packaged and processed food items now contain these and other cheap oils. Try to find foods made with olive oil instead, and support these products to send a message.
Dr. Lundell ends the lengthy article with “By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.”
I would not call animal products “fresh food”. You can bet he is referring to fresh fruits and vegetables!
As for me, to clear up any confusion, I am for health, not for dogma! I am on a continuous journey of discovery. And as I find information that I learn from I like to pass it along to you!