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Response to kwassa (Reply #40)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 12:47 PM

53. Nope. Far more complicated than that.

That's the thing about food. The way its myriad of molecules interacts with our bodies is far more complicated than "olive oil is manna from heaven" because Mediterraneans have a lower incidence of heart disease, or "fish oil cures everything" because some study paid for by Salmon Growers R Us says so.

Oils tend to be inflammatory in our bodies, meaning they can aggravate the insides of our veins and arteries. Over time, the little ulcers that develop form scabs (blood clots) which can lead to heart attacks when pieces of plaque get caught and stop the flow of blood.

The whole topic of food and how it interacts with our bodies is far more complicated than sound bites like cholesterol=bad, oil=good. But most things tend to be that way and we're well-served to keep that in mind.

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