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.
A Now For The Rest Of The Story…
Did we overlook something?
Re-reading the science based on what we know, we see high levels of inflammatory Omega 6’s in Danish diet, absent in Western Greenland Eskimos. Plus the Western diet is known for excess sugars, transfats, and processed carbohydrates.
What we also may have missed were the high levels of palmitoleic acid in whale blubber and the other marine life which made up the diet of the Western Greenland Eskimos.
Recent research has shown Omega-7 to have potent anti-inflammatory effects (as well as lowering bad cholesterol & triglycerides and increasing HDL cholesterol).
Maybe it was the Omega 7 all along? Or maybe the combination of Omega 3 and Omega 7?
Isn’t it worth taking another look?