Walking Corn Chips. Now that’s a scary thought!
“Our bodies need a balance of omega-6 fatty acids like soybean oil and omega-3 fatty acids like fish oil, Hibbeln says. Over the last century, our diets have shifted almost completely to omega-6 fatty acids.
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“It’s quite likely that most of the diseases of modern civilization, major depression, heart disease and obesity are linked to the radical and dramatic shift in the composition of the fats in the food supply,” Hibbeln says.
Our brains are composed of fatty acids, and an absence of omega-3 fatty acids can actually change our behavior, according to Hibbeln.
Hibbeln’s research suggests diets containing omega-3 fatty acids found in fish reduce depression, aggression and anger, while improving mental well-being.”
Personal note: I’m not a “corn chip” because I consume virtually no sweeteners. I’m mostly a tomato/wheat/orange/legume/oatbran/soybean (not oil)/peanut/fish.
Airing on CNN six times this weekend so you may want to set your TiVo or VCR to record it.
CNN takes on omega-3 deficiency in the American diet …“In a special feature to air six times this weekend, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta will examine how we Americans really are what we eat. According to CNN, “No beef about it, America’s too fat! Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigates our calorie overload – and the science behind it.” All aspects of the American diet will be covered in this story – what we eat, how much, what’s missing, and what the effects are.
“In particular, the CNN Special Investigation Unit story will report that we are not getting enough omega-3 fish oil in our diets, which has been shown to lead to the psychiatric disorders that are currently plaguing the American population. Dr. Gupta will be interviewing CDR Joseph R. Hibbeln, MD of the National Institutes of Health and National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, who has extensively studied the connection between omega-3 deficiency and mental health issues such as depression and bi-polar disorder.”