Enter the WABAC: Polyunsaturating America – Mazola’s Big Bang


Join me on this journey as I travel throughout time to explore humans in regard to health, food, and training. Sometimes good, mostly bad, but always entertaining.

Next up on our journey in the WABAC machine we travel to the days when America started “polyunsaturating” themselves while placing the blame on saturated animal fats. This was an extremely stupid idea, an idea that is still prevalent all these years later (no idea how or why – cough money cough ignorance).

“What was garbage in 1860 was fertilizer in 1870, cattle feed in 1880, and table food and many things else in 1890.” Science Monthly

“A few factors collide starting in the 1970s to further expedite a departure from traditional animal fats towards polyunsaturated plant oils:

  • US government, under Nixon, subsidizes corn (corn oil/Mazola). Government later subsidizes soy and wheat.
  • Cheaper vegetable and seed (liquid) oils progressively replace animal fats, capitalizing on the ridiculous anti-cholesterol campaign and faulty lipid hypothesis.
  • Nutritional information from the government supports American industry, not health.

Mazola’s marketing campaign in the 1970s put polyunsaturated fats front and center in the American vernacular and placed saturated fats firmly as the bad guy. The marketing encouraged women to “polyunsaturate” their loved ones while avoiding saturates; in retrospect, this is the exact opposite of what is desired.

Over 40 years later, the US is still suffering from the ubiquitous use of vegetable oils. While milk, sugar, fructose, salt, and saturated fat take a beating from American society as nutritional toxins, polyunsaturated fats in their various forms continue to get a free pass.” Rob Turner, Functional Performance Systems

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Further Research:

  1.  Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Reference Page
  2.  The Dangers of PUFA and How they React Inside the Body
  3.  Put the PUFAs Down and Stop Gulping that Fish Oil
  4.  The Shocking Origin of Vegetable Oil  — Garbage!
  5.  Sun Bathing and the Real Culprit of Skin Aging
  6.  Saturated Fat: Reference Page
  7.  Saturated Fat: Those were thought to be unhealthy… precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true
  8. The Compiled Work of Raymond Peat, PhD

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