To think, on Monday I expected that all I would have to post is a short goal list to share. Then as I was listening to the NPR news feed Tuesday morning, I heard something to make my jaw hit the floor. A study from the Harvard School of Public Heath states that replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated may cut risk of heart disease.
I just read through the press release and am not sure what to make of the findings. If any of you have some free time and would like to read the full article and find answers to some of the queries I will pose, go for it. (I will give the scientists kudos for publishing in an open access peer-reviewed journal, because this way anyone who wants to read it can, rather than needing access to an academic or medical library.)
First, how were all the fats classified? Were trans fats placed in their own group? What was the quality of the saturated fats the participants ate (if it was CAFO beef, yeah, I can believe it not being healthy)? What did the rest of their diets look like?
I expect there will be a new surge in adverts for vegetable oils, and perhaps even Olestra.
In the meantime I’m obviously not buying it. I cannot believe that the tasty butter in my fridge, which I eat liberally on a daily basis, is somehow worse for me than oil from a soybean, which can also send my estrogen levels to highs it was never meant to go.
Never mind that there is not an automatic correlation found between cholesterol levels and heart issues. Enough people with low and “normal” numbers still have heart issues, and some with high numbers have zero heart trouble.
Incidentally, tomorrow I am getting blood work done to check my own cholesterol level, because it hasn’t been checked since 2003. My family tends toward lower levels, and I expect to continue that trend. We shall see what the past year of a traditional diet does for the numbers, and the HDL:LDL ratio.
Now to more lighthearted material…
I love goals. I set them regularly, from daily tasks on to multi-year plans. Otherwise it’s too easy for me to lose focus and I also feel like I am not moving forward with my life if I don’t have them. At the beginning of the year, Nourishing Gourmet posted to ask people about their real food resolutions for 2010. I didn’t add anything then, because I had this blog in the works and was keeping quiet about it, and also knew that I wanted to post said goals here. These are meant to cover the first half of the year. Yes, I plan to come back to them around 30 June and post an update of how well I did.
By 30 June, 2010, I hope to have completed the following:
1. Read through the first section of Nourishing Traditions and practice some more of the basics.
2. Try a new organ meat.
DONE! And I liked it!
3. Buy a dehydrator. I REALLY want to make my own crackers.
4. Research food cures for asthma and allergies. This is a maybe and I am sure will be ongoing even if I start it.
5. Purchase Lunch Skins, since I do consume a lot of sandwiches during the week. Right now I reuse one plastic bag for several weeks.
6. Purchase water filtration system for the kitchen and low flow showerhead and filter for my bathroom.
What kind of goals are you working on right now? How successful have you been so far?
This post is a part of Real Food Wednesday.