Help! I'm in a nutrition class in college and the teaching is very old school and generic : (. The teacher is very anti low fat diets, booo. However, she does let us bring in an article each week to discuss! So, I was hoping you all could give me some great links to print out and share! I could use anything that is pro-vegan, anti-animal products, pro-carb, etc. I'm basically just looking for anything that is in align with the BG way of life : ). Thank you all so much! You give me hope for a better tomorrow every day :)
Do you happen to know what fat percentage your teacher recommends?
She may be partially right in that going overt fat free is not healthy. We have some members trying to eat 5% or less and end up having problems with dry skin, constipation, and or low levels of fat soluble vitamins like vitamin d.
So I always tell people to eat 10%+ and not panic if they eat 12% or 15% here and there. However, I do believe, even with my conventional eyes that going over 20% of fats even from good sources is putting people at risk for diabetes symptoms and or chronic fatigue.
If one is eating a rainbow of fruits, lettuce greens, and nuts everyday, then they will usually be fine. But some people just to keep fat intake low subsist on dates and or even resort to cooked and process grains. If this is what your teacher is concerned about, I totally agree.
I also think that even on this diet, a breastfeeding mother may need to eat about 15-20%, may be even more, although I am still researching this myself. Imagine if a mom needs 10%, and she is supply nutrients to her infant, and infants need a higher fat content, then we are looking at adding another 5-10% to the mix.
May be you can get her a copy of the China Study by T. Collin Campbell as a gift? This explained a lot about the cancer and illness connections regarding high protein diets, high fat diets, and animal and dairy based diets.
You can skim through the references here and see if anything is print worthy:
You might find more official references from this page ran by Medline, the official medical search engine of the US government, and believe it or not, a lot of nutritionists and or the medical community are now advising to keep fat content around 10-20% of diet!
When promoting a healthy vegan diet, it is important to emphasize eating the right kinds of fats. Animal fats and or even processed and cooked veggy oils are not very healthy for us. It is better to get our fats from whole raw fruits, nuts, greens, or avocados.
You can feel free to look through some of my old blog posts although I have not written specifically about fat yet. Between my writing, and some of the references I have used, you might find some other topics that may be of interest.
These free e books may be a bit old but still contain a lot of legit science and studies. Horne also did a good job explaining how fats kind of sludge up the blood stream thus depriving our cells of nutrients and oxygen. When this happens, our cells get tired, sick, die, and or turn cancerous. And, because our blood is sludged up, blood sugars tend to stay high too and may promoe type 2 diabetes:
HEALTH & SURVIVAL IN THE 21st CENTURY by Ross Horne
IMPROVING ON PRITIKIN— YOU CAN DO BETTER by Ross Horne
I am not sure why you are in this class, but I want to encourage you to stick with it inspite of the outdated teachings and get your credentials or whatever it is you are working towards. For example, if you do become a certified nutritionist, now you are in somewhat of a position of power and authority to start teaching the truth. The truth is out there and on official medical sites like Medline and Pubmed. We just need a few independent researchers to mine the golden truth and then share it with others.
If I think of something else, I will let you know.
BTW, sorry about all the typos in my first save:-D I think I need to get my zzzs now!
Here are some sites that may be considered legit and trusworthy sources and or run by experts and doctors. Now these are not fat specific articles, rather sites where you can do more research on whatever topics you choose.
My two favorites...
Doctor and expert run with to three my favorites
I hate to say this, but because Dr. Graham is a chiropractor and or his license is not necessarily up to date, some people do not trust him as an expert source, however, the 811 book as many good references at the back in the bibliography and of course, his website:
Chimpanzee dietary habits (not necessarily expert, but good thoughts)
What you can't find among PK's suggestions doesn't need to be known :)
But if you're allowed to try to bring this ol skool teach into the 21st century, is there a way you could show a vid to the class?
If so, look for the hardcore conversation starter: "Meet your Meat" a ethical vegan vid that's just about 13 minutes. If there's no way to show from the web, I'm sure you could purchase it inexpensively in a DVD.
She recommends around 20-35% fat which I think is too high. I agree with you though that it's not bad to be 10%+, I usually do have like a half avo or a little nuts every other day and I think I like that best. These links are great though! Thank you so much! I've been getting beaten down every day in class so it will be nice having a bunch of info to back me up a bit : )
Does she have any interest in vegetarian and or veganism? Even if you get her interested in 20% of fat coming from healthy and or vegan fats, you will done a good job at least from an ethical point of view for the animals.
Good luck with your research.
BTW, do you think she is just teaching what the book says or school promotes to keep her job or because she actually believes in it?
I went with no overts for about a month. a week after that I started eating 1 avocado everyday .I felt a huge difference on my energy levels , I felt sleepy during the day and couldnt sleep at night. I am back with no overts and i feel awesome ;p
maybe you could bring up the china study :) can't think of a better reference them the china study!