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Susan Allport

The queen of fats

Eating too much fat is bad for you. But maybe it's the type of fat which makes a difference - saturated, unsaturated, polyunsaturated, and then there's good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. And now there's Ω3 and Ω6. If you find all of this confusing then you're not the only one. In The Queen of Fats: Why Omega-3s Were Removed from the Western Diet and What We Can Do to Replace Them Susan Allport helps to sort things out.

In Greenland in the 1960's it was realised that the Inuit, despite having a high fat diet, suffered far less from heart disease than people in most western countries. Research showed that their fish based diet was high in Omega-3 fats, and that this was likely to be the cause of their better health. This book follows the history of such research into Omega-3 fats, telling how they got their name, and why we are getting less than we should in our diets (Mainly because Omega-3 based foods tend to have a shorter shelf life than Omega-6 based foods). There is one chapter giving advice for your diet, and some readers might want a book with more advice and less history. I felt, however that the historical approach was useful in sorting out the confusion, and that Allport makes a persuasive case for giving a greater priority to getting the right level of Omega-3 in our diets.

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Published: 2008 University of California Press
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Product Description
A nutritional whodunit that takes readers from Greenland to Africa to Israel, The Queen of Fats gives a fascinating account of how we have become deficient in a nutrient that is essential for good health: the fatty acids known as omega-3s. Writing with intelligence and passion, Susan Allport tells the story of these vital fats, which are abundant in greens and fish, among other foods. She describes how scientists came to understand the role of omega-3s in our diet, why commercial processing has removed them from the food we eat, and what the tremendous consequences have been for our health. In many Western countries, epidemics of inflammatory diseases and metabolic disorders have been traced to omega-3 deficiencies. The Queen of Fats provides information for every consumer who wants to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and obesity and to improve brain function and overall health. This important and compelling investigation into the discovery, science, and politics of omega-3s will transform our thinking about what we should be eating.

* Includes steps you can take to add omega-3s to your diet

* Shows why eating fish is not the only way, or even the best way, to increase omega-3s.

* Provides a new way to understand the complex advice about the role and importance of fats in the body

* Explains how and why the food industry has created a deadly imbalance of fats in our foods

* Shows how omega-3s can be reintroduced to our diet through food enrichment and changes in the feeding of livestock