An Austrian research team has just produced a report that demonstrates the extreme danger of dietary errors, and exposes the damage they can do.
A research team at MedUni Vienna’s Center for Brain Research has found that high-fat maternal diets can cause life-long changes in the brains of the unborn offspring. When a pregnant woman consumes a diet high in polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids, her body produces an excess of endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), which overload the fetal system and impair the development of healthy brain networks. Such a mechanism seems relevant to pathologies such as ADHD, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. It is unlikely that such damage can simply be reversed by a subsequent change of diet.
There’s much more at the link.
The first sentence is highly misleading.
PUFAs, specifically those bearing Omega-6, are almost-exclusively found in plant-based sources. Specifically, vegetable oils, essentially none of which are produced in nature, contain extremely high levels of this substance. Note that there has been an extraordinarily-intensive campaign to get people to eat plant-based products, including their oils, rather than animal sources which tend to contain saturated fat and are in fact found in nature, obviously.
Now we have a study, albeit in animals, along with an identified molecular mechanism by which it is likely to translate directly into human development.
If you’re vegan or vegetarian, or even if you’re eating a “standard, high-carb and high PUFA American diet” you may be creating this very environment that leads to materially-high risk of irreversible fetal cognitive damage should you become pregnant.
Worse, it appears there’s absolutely nothing that can be done about it post-birth.
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Our government and “health authorities” appears to have, for decades, directly advocated that Americans consume a diet that irreversibly damages children in the womb.
Again, more at the link.
That’s a heck of a leap to take from just one study . . . but Mr. Denninger poses a very valid concern. Looking at the vast increase in the numbers of children diagnosed as ADHD, or “retarded” in some way, is it possible that the “recommended diet” on which they’ve been raised is responsible for that increase?
I think this calls for a great deal more research, and quickly. However, given the entrenched interests who won’t want to see their claims denied or reversed (not to mention those whose commercial success depends on getting us to eat vegetable-based meat substitutes, rather than the real thing), I suspect that’s not about to happen. Instead, I expect to see this research debunked, decried, and banished into academic limbo.