The Queen of Fats

The Queen of Fats

Why Omega-3s Were Removed From the Western Diet and What We Can Do to Replace Them

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Investigates the discovery, science, and politics of omega-3 fatty acids in an account of how people have become deficient in omega-3s, a nutrient essential for good health, and provides a innovative new approach to understanding the role of fats in the human body.

University of California Press
A nutritional whodunit that takes readers 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 known 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

"A wonderful explanation of the wide world of fats that is a must-read for discerning (and healthy) eaters."--Mehmet C. Oz, author of You: An Owner's Manual

"Susan Allport's account of the discovery of omega-3 fatty acids combines colorful science, intriguing personalities, and a well-digested biochemistry into a convincing recipe for a healthier diet. The Queen of Fats is a fascinating new detective story--with a solution that matters!"--Richard Wrangham, author of Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence

"The Queens 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 Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

"Allport provides a fascinating 'whodunit' about the discovery of how fats work, what wonders omega-3s could perform in thwarting chronic disease, and a timely warning to the world about the imbalance of essential fats in the food supply. I reveled in the twists and turns of nutrition history as it unfolds and uncovers the ways food processing carries hefty health risks, as well as benefits."--Sharron Dalton, author of Our Overweight Children: What Parents, Schools, and Communities Can Do to Control the Fatness Epidemic


Blackwell North Amer
A nutritional whodunit that takes readers 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 known 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.

Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2006
Description: 222 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780520242821
0520242823
Branch Call Number: 612.397 All

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stewstealth
Jun 07, 2015

This is an interesting look at the science behind how your body deals with and processes the Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. The book describes years of research where the interactions of lipids derived from Omega 6 causes inflammation ( leading to chronic diseases) whereas the Omega 3's do not. This book is definitely worth reading. Due to the complexity of the Human body, this is not likely the total picture for health but makes some sense.

bgillette5 Aug 04, 2014

This book was quite difficult reading but the message got through!! We need to eat more Omega 3's!! That sums it up in one sentence. In spite of its complexity, I found it a compelling book and a good readl\.

I plan to continue taking my Nordic fish oil and throwing some flaxseed into my oatmeal.

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jeanannecarmen
Jan 25, 2014

I highly recommend this book. It includes technical info - but not so much so non-techies get lost. It also sheds light onto the history of why things/medical recommendations are the way they are. Gain insight into the fat you choose - coconut (all sat), butter or lard (mostly sat), margarine (omega-6s and other fats) to olive oil (mono and poly-sat fats) to others. As one with a backrground in nutrition, I FOUND THIS A VERY USEFUL READ.

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