Do Seed Oils have a negative effect on human health?
Over the past 150 years, we’ve witnessed the evolution of pandemics of chronic degenerative, metabolic, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which could be argued coincides with the introduction of seed oils into the human diet.
Ample evidence supports the conclusion that coronary heart disease, cancers, metabolic disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and many other chronic diseases have risen from medical rarity to the most common causes of chronic disease and death.
During this same time frame, we’ve witnessed industrially produced seed oils, rich in omega-6 fatty acids, elevate to occupy up to one-fourth to one-third of human consumption, or more. Such oils rarely existed anywhere before the American Civil War, globally. Virtually all chronic degenerative diseases have in common one primary metabolic defect, namely, mitochondrial dysfunction.
Seed oil and high omega-6 are known drivers of mitochondrial dysfunction, as evidenced in many studies. Furthermore, examining food consumption patterns in many nations strongly indicates that seed oils are the greatest factor in chronic diseases. An examination of food consumption in Japan leads to no other obvious conclusion.
Could omega-6 rich seed oils, consumed to excess, be the common precipitating factor for most all chronic diseases via multiple mechanisms, including the fact that they are pro-oxidative, proinflammatory, cytotoxic, genotoxic, mutagenic, atherogenic, thrombogenic, and obesogenic?