A nutritional whodunit that takes listeners 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 know 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. The book is published by University of California Press.
©2006 Susan Allport (P)2010 Redwood Audiobooks
"The Queen of Fats is a fascinating nutritional detective story delivering a big surprise: how one of the most important changes to the diet wrought by industrialization of food went unnoticed. But if Allport is right, the disappearance of omega-3s from the Western diet is the key to understanding why that diet is making us so sick." (Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dillema)
I have listened to Queen of Fats about 3 times already over the last 6 months. It is something that I will keep in my audible library for reference. It was an eye opener to the change of dietary eating over the last century. I see the increased health problems of America along with the increase of girth (weight) despite exercise and diet fads being billion dollar businesses and the government putting their food pyramids, school programs, etc. The food industry has been changing their processing of food in order to have longer shelf life. This change has affected our health. Thank you for the research. Awesome.
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I thought this was a wonderful "read". Although (I thought) I was fairly knowledgeable about diet, nutrition etc., this really opened my eyes to the importance of the Omega 3's & 6's - I was otherwise fairly clueless. I'm truly glad I purchased this book. It's changed the way I'm eating for the good. If, like me, you are confused about the "good fat/bad fat" concept, listen to this book.
Complicated data and ideas are presented in the context of stories about the researchers who discovered them, making what could be tedious, very enjoyable.
Fascinating explanation of omega 3s, make you understand why they work, almost a historiclal who done it about the discovery of fat metabolism against the resistence of the cholesterol lobby. Read this book and you will take high dose fish oil and know why....it will prolonge disease free life.
"Informative and well read."
I found the book easy to listen to, and very informative. I been through it a couple of times and glean more from it each time.
A must have if health/nutrition is your interest/s.
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