Is it possible? Could a better understanding of fatty acids in the modern diet help us avoid sickness?
The Inuit Tribe, or the West Greenland Eskimos, ate whale blubber and little vegetables or fruit; but had very low incidence of heart disease.
Their Danish counterparts consumed a Western diet, but their incidence of heart disease was high.
This is what’s called the “Inuit Paradox.” Because it flies against conventional thinking on nutrition. How can people who eat a diet consisting mainly of fat, and rarely any vegetables be healthier than we are?
Forward-thinking scientists thought this could a huge breakthrough in cardiovascular health for citizens of the modern world.
In fact, it’s what launched the entire Omega 3 industry.
This is a classic case of man recognizing that which he almost knows.
Dr. Jørn Dyerberg, who is widely credited with the discovery of Omega 3, saw high amounts of Omega 3 EPA/DHA in the Inuit diet. So he naturally inferred there must be something in the Omega-3’s could help prevent cardiovascular disease in Western countries.
And a $50 billion industry was born.