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  Death by Corn Chip: Where did the Healthy fats and Vitamins go ...

Ms. Daisy Cow | May/2017

Topic: Death by Corn Chip | Where did the Healthy fats and Vitamins go that were once in all food sources ...

If you sat around and ate "Only Corn Chips" for 4 months what would happen to your health?

Did you know that prior to WWII, Chicken and Beef were just as nutritious as Wild Salmon. Our farm animals had the same Omega 3's as fish, chickens ate bugs and grass, cows ate grasses and open ranged. Ref: Why do we eat? | contributor, april/2016.

What does this mean: | Death by Corn Chip?.

Fat in our diet is important, but our diets have shifted towards a "high carbohydrate" and "low fiber" diet. (1) As seen on "60 Minutes" potatoes are now on the White Food list and the white potato is no longer recommended. This is bad news as 30% of American's vegetable consumption is eaten in the form of the potato (i.e. French Fries mostly which also include trans-fats created by deep frying at 350 degrees).

For the past 60 years there has been a concerted effort to demonize saturated fats, found in animal products and tropical oils, and cholesterol, in our food and blood. Despite the well-established health benefits of diets rich in cholesterol and saturated fat, flawed, deceptive and biased research has created the myth that a low fat, plant-based diet is ideal for good health. Dr. Zoe Harcombe's analysis of the science behind the USDA's food pyramid is just one example of Bad Science. She asks the question ... Dr. Zoë Harcombe - 'Should dietary fat guidelines have been introduced?' | March/2017

High carbohydrates and low fat is not good, and the fats from our cooking are high in Omega 6's. Soybean, Corn and Canola oils being the most prevalent. Anthropological evidence suggests that human beings evolved eating an oil ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 oils of 1:1, while the ratio today is about 16:1. (2) Why care - About Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids ...

Healthy vitamins and fats for longevity.
Jo Johnson at eatWILD.com - Health Benefits of Grass-Fed Products, Summary of Important Health Benefits of Grassfed Meats, Eggs and Dairy

The feedlots, CAFOs, have taken over and when cows go into these feedlots and eat corn their Omega 3's go to a virtual zero over the 4 month period, this is also true of chicken. (Faster and cheaper, the war effort demanded faster maturity.)

Grass fed and grass finished cattle, even Whole Foods will not tell you that the cattle are finished on grass, this is bad. (Note: 1) The only grass fed butter you can find is Kerrygold - pure Irish Butter (3) in American grocery stores. Google "Heritage" chicken, and you will find farmer who still raise chickens like our great grand parents. (Note: 2) These chickens are fed on green grasses and bugs, grubs and anything else they can scratch up from the ground. Chickens are True - Hunters and Gathers. This site: Fat and Oil in modern dietsD. S. McGerk | contributor may/16.



According to research our farm animals are suffering the same fate as the human animal. Historical dietary fats and oils have changed. Obesity is in an increasingly prevalent metabolic disease characterized by excess accumulation of adipose tissue. (7) Obesity increases the risk of developing a wide variety of diseases ... type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and multiple forms of cancer ... strongly associated with increased mortality.

Table 1: Comparison of mean α-tocopherol vitamin content in fresh beef from grass-fed and grain-fed cattle. (6)
[Fatty acid profiles, C A Daley et al.] (6)α-tocopherol
Author, year, animal classGrass-fed (ug/g tissue)Grain-fed (ug/g tissue)
De la Fuente et al., 2009, Mixed cattle4.07*0.75*
Descalzo, et al., 2008, Crossbred steers3.08*1.50*
Insani et al., 2007, Crossbred steers2.1*0.8*
Descalzo, et al., 2005, Crosbred steers4.6*2.2*
Realini et al., 2004, Hereford steers3.91*2.92*
Yang et al., 2002, Crossbred steers4.5*1.8*

* Indicates a significant difference (at least P < 0.05) between feeding regimens was reported within each respective study.

Table 2: Comparison of mean β-carotene vitamin content in fresh beef from grass-fed and grain-fed cattle. (8)
[Fatty acid profiles, C A Daley et al.] (8)β-carotene
Author, year, animal classGrass-fed (ug/g tissue)Grain-fed (ug/g tissue)
Insani et al., 2007, Crossbred steers0.74*0.17*
Descalzo et al., 2005 Crossbred steers0.45*0.06*
Yang et al., 2002, Crossbred steers0.16*0.01*

* Indicates a significant difference (at least P < 0.05) between feeding regimens was reported within each respective study.



spanning three decades suggests that grass-only diets can significantly alter the fatty acid composition and improve the overall antioxidant content of beef. (8) The Corollary to this would be that all farm animal nutrients and fats would improve.

Longevity and deteriorating nutrition in foods. why butter from grassfed cows is better.

- Yellow is the color of Carotenes. This matters because vitamin A plays several crucial roles in reproductive health, and many women (and men) don’t get enough of it because vitamin A rich foods like liver and raw dairy aren’t commonly consumed anymore. Animals make Vitamin C and A, humans do not (but we use to,) but still we use these critical vitamins.

Longevity and deteriorating nutrition in foods.

Judith Mcloughlin has a blog, and Judith, the Irish foodie (8) has a good write up on Why is Butter Yellow and this picture is a good representation of America's current state of farming. The answer to Where did the Omega 3's Go? is clearly a result of our modern farming practices. Omega 3's and beta-carotene disapear in the feedlots, and much milking cattle are not feed green grasses.

Dr. Mercola does a good job with an explanation, link: Why Grassfed Animal Products Are Better For You (9), and Dr. Oz has a video on the current state of this nations beef production, link: Is America's Beef Healthy? (10)


  1. While most cattle spend the majority of their lives in pastures eating grass before moving to a feedlot for grain-finishing, grass-finished beef cattle remain on a pasture and forage diet. No grain is ever fed to grass finished animals and this process will typically take from 24-36 months (compared to the 18-20 months for feedlot cattle). FACT SHEET: Grass-finished Beef. (11)
  2. Obviously, these chickens are going to be expensive, $10.00/lb vs $3.00/lb. The fall back position is Sardines 3 times a week, and you will get all the omega 3's and vitamin B12 needed. (12,13)
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