Weston A. Price Foundation is eloquent advocate for healthy fats

Weston A Price headshotIf you’ve never heard of the Weston A. Price Foundation for Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts, I recommend you check it out. The Foundation is an eloquent advocate for eating healthy fats and animal foods, and knowledgeable critic of government dietary guidelines and industrial food.

The Foundation carries on the work of Price, a Cleveland dentist and researcher:

During the 1930s and 1940s he traveled to the remote corners of the earth to study the dietary habits of isolated, nonindustrialized peoples. His goal was to determine what we need to eat to be in robust health. Dr. Price was disturbed that so many patients he was seeing in his dental practice in Cleveland had serious health problems….
Suspecting that many of the problems he was seeing were due to poor nutrition, he traveled to more than a dozen isolated communities around the world where people did not have access to modern foods–sugar, white flour and commercial vegetable oils–to see whether or not they were healthy….

He was completely amazed by what he found. In communities where the inhabitants were consuming only their own indigenous traditional foods, they were superbly healthy.

Today the Foundation recommends what it calls the Healthy 4 Life plan recommends:

Rather than prescribe one-size-fits-all levels of macronutrients—fats, carbohydrates and proteins—the Healthy 4 Life plan recommends nutrient-dense versions of animal and plant foods, with particular emphasis on healthy traditional fats like butter, lard, egg yolks and coconut oil. The plan does not specify specific amounts of fats or carbohydrates because the need for these macronutrients varies with the individual.

Sally Fallon Morrel is President of the Foundation. She has two degrees in English and she sure can write. If you want to read one heck of a speech, read this wake up called “Presentation given at Fields of Athenry Farm,” delivered in June 2010:

Unless you and I act boldly now, our food crisis will become even more serious. We know from many reliable studies that, if nutrients are lacking in our food, rates of disease will continue to grow. Our children will not develop properly and many of them will needlessly suffer illness, disease and premature death.

It’s worth reading the whole thing.

Initiatives such as Save Your Dairy promote Price’s ideas.

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