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While checking on my Azure order the other day, I noticed a link up to a recent article of an interview between Susan Booth (of Azure Standard) and Sally Fallon Morell, the author of the book Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
and President of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
If you've never listened to or read anything by Sally before, it's worth reading this article just to get more of an overview of the Foundation and the type of whole foods, traditional diet that they promote (which is also the type of diet that I love to talk about and cook for my family).
Here is just a brief snippet from the article, but I would really recommending that you read the entire interview here:
Booth: You were saying that
the best diet has a lot of fat and cholesterol in it because of these
fat-soluble vitamins. And that kind of goes against the grain these
days when there is so much heart disease, diabetes, and obesity… what
you’re saying is exactly the opposite of what we’ve been hearing in the
Fallon: Right. All of these
diseases have occurred as we’ve cut back on cholesterol, as we’ve cut
back on saturated fats. So, they’re obviously not being caused by
cholesterol and saturated fat. It just doesn’t make sense in any way,
shape or form. And there’s a huge volume of literature that contradicts
the theory that cholesterol and saturated fat cause heart disease. What
the Lipid Hypothesis did was create a health crisis of enormous
proportions because it has made people turn away from the very foods
they need to be healthy.
Booth: So, do you think that
if you take your cod liver oil, eat liver, and use butter and cream, it
is possible then to get all of your nutrition from food and have it be
complete? Or do you think supplementation is still necessary?
Fallon: I think it’s a goal to get
all your nutrition from food, and of course, cod liver oil is a food.
But, a lot of us have started off in not-ideal health. I personally
need to take some natural vitamin C, especially during the allergy
season. I’ve always had to. And that’s kind of where I ended up. I’m
sure that if I had started out with a better diet, I wouldn’t need all
that vitamin C. So, I take vitamin C, and I also take B12 just because
there are a lot of symptoms of B12 deficiency in my family. So while
the goal is to get your nutrition from foods, for a lot of people, some
supplementation is necessary.
Booth: If there was something
that you could tell Azure’s customers — the one thing you want them to
take away from this article — what would you tell them?
Fallon: I would eat the way your
ancestors ate and prepare the foods the way they prepared them. Now, by
ancestors, I mean you have to go back to before they were
industrialized. In America, that’s several generations.
Are you a fan of Nourishing Traditions and the Weston Price Foundation? Do you agree with their counter-cultural stance on animal foods, fats, cholesterol, traditional diets, etc. and eat that way yourself?