Illusion of contradiction: Pig fat is the 8th most nutritious food

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Contradiction © vlue

Many people want to take responsibility for their health, but they are confused. Right when they decide to change their lives and start researching, they immediately encounter a mountain of contradictions. And that’s enough to confuse and discourage most people. The majority of them then stop and do not move any further.

The public is full of contradictions and people do not know who to trust. Don’t eat carbohydrates. Eat carbohydrates. Don’t eat vegetable oil. Eat vegetable oil. Recently, a video was published promoting a new study where it was concluded that pig fat occupies the 8th place on the Top 100 list of most nutritious foods. Check out the video, the video is proof!

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Research and video

So the video refers to the research and claims that pig fat ranked number 8 on a Top 100 list of the most nutritious foods.

Interpretation

What exactly does a nutritious food item mean in this research? Does it mean it has more protein? Does it mean it has less fat or something else?

No. In order to determine how nutritious each food item is, the participants of this research devised their own equation for determining how nutritious food items are using the  nutritional fitness method which they themselves invented.

This means that nutrition in the case of this research means “the likelihood that the food will satisfy an individual’s daily nutritional needs”.

Ok, my nutritional needs are so and so much protein, so and so much fat, carbohydrates, iron, and so on. And what about my UNneeds? What about saturated fats and dietary cholesterol that I do not need? Are the foods in this research considered to be less nutritious if they also give me those UNnecessary things that harm my body?

Research and video

The video promotes that pig fat contains 60% monounsaturated fats with the goal of presenting it as a healthy food to the viewer.

Interpretation

Ok, that’s right, it contains 60% monounsaturated fats. But how much saturated fat does it contain? We better take a look ourselves on the link Lard Nutrition Contents. Yes! 40% saturated fats! But there is something even worse. Palm oil contains 50% saturated fat and coconut oil contains 90% saturated fat! This means that you can be both a meat eater and a vegan and still have high cholesterol and keep clogging your arteries.

Research and video

The video claims that pig fat has many monounsaturated fats which can help with diabetes and promote cardiovascular health.

Interpretation

Correct, pig fat has many monounsaturated fats…which can help…to reduce some of the huge harmful effects of its saturated fat which contributes toward diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And for the record, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in vegetable oils are isolated and when consumed in isolation they may be pro-inflammatory and have an effect that is opposite to the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which come packaged in whole plants.

Research and video

The video advertises and claims that the researchers have concluded that almonds are the most nutritious food.

Interpretation

Every fruit and vegetable is nutritious and because of that we can’t just choose a couple components and say, “Oh, that’s the best!”, but if we have to choose and talk about the most nutritious plant foods then that might arguably be green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, or berries, but not almonds.

Most people are uninformed about nutrition, but everyone knows some basic things, so if the research shows almonds, which the majority of people consider a very healthy food, as the most nutritious food on the Top 100 list of their research, then that gives the whole research some kind of credibility because it doesn’t claim “Pig fat is #1!”, but rather puts other things in front while still keeping pig fat high on the list.

Conclusion

All research studies in this world can be divided into two categories:

First category: research which has no financial and conflicting interests
Second category: research which has financial and conflicting interests

This means that we take into account only the conclusions from the first category and reject everything from the second category. However, the information that keeps reaching the majority of the public is information coming from both categories and this creates an illusion of contradiction.

When we talk about contradiction, most people do not go into details, do not ask where the data comes from, which research, who participated in the research, whether at least one participant had a conflict of interest, what the term nutrition means in this case, etc.

Therefore, when someone tells us that they don’t know whom to believe because of all the contradictions, in this day and age, this is no longer an excuse. An illusion of contradiction does exist, but contradictions in the absolute sense no longer exist.

To our health,
Matija

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