Thursday, March 29, 2012

MariNoia, Vol. IV: A peaceful merger of the Paleo 2.0 and MMJ communities!

The online Paleo 2.0 community has been extremely successful at debunking the myths that support mainstream dietary propaganda.  Similarly, the medical marijuana community has been successful at debunking the propaganda that supports current and historical super-federal drug policies.  Both communities are highly cooperative within themselves and do a lot in isolation to better the health of humans, but so far I've seen little cooperation between the two groups.  Most people don't connect the dots after they discover one or the other.  This post will be a non-corporate, strictly intellectual merger of "Paleo" and "pot". 

The MMJ community is mistaken in the idea that hempseed is a healthy food.  Claims run rampant that it has an ideal fatty acid ratio and makes a perfect cooking oil.  To put it gently, this is insane.  While it is true that hempseed and oil derived from it both have large amounts of ALA, an essential ω-3 fatty acid, it is not true that the ratio of fatty acids present in hempseed or hempseed oil is ideal.  This is hogwash - malarkey.  

While it is true that there is some conversion of ALA to mission-critical DHA (and also EPA) in the liver, this process is very inefficient and has no hope of producing enough DHA for optimal health. That's right, folks, DHA must be had in the diet, and this means eating real animal foods (with one notable seaweed exception).  No amount of flax will save your inflamed ass!  Neither will AMBP, by the way!

As an example, grass-fed ruminant fats like butter and tallow do have ideal fatty acid ratios and contain DHA.  Hempseed oil is a temperate plant oil, and thus is not a good food. 

What makes an ideal fatty acid ratio in the human diet?

*high amounts of safe, chemically-stable, heat-stable saturated and monounsaturated fattty acids (fuel)
*low total amounts of fragile polyunsaturated fatty acids to reduce oxidative damage and inflammation (and the likelihood of heart disease)
*balanced ratio of ω-3:ω-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (approx. 1:1 or 1:2) - DHA is key

What does this mean in practice?

That's all, folks.

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