What is the importance of fat in the diet of people with Special Needs?
Before the US dietary guidelines were unquestioningly adapted by the medical community all over the world, we had a diet which had a lot of saturated and other good fats which had omega-3. As we changed our diet to refined and processed carbs, the staple diet of people with Special needs also changed. The new diet led to more inflammation (in the brain and body), obesity and pre-diabetes symptoms, in children with Special Needs. With increased exposure to sugar, refined carbs and grain-feed livestock living in restricted unhealthy spaces, the ratio between healthy Omega-3 to Omega-6 became imbalanced. The amount of Omega-6 in livestock living in restricted spaces and getting grain-fed increased. The ratio Omega-6 to Omega-3 went from 1.5:1 to 7.6:1 in the wrong direction.
Livestock stress levels went up. Unhealthy surroundings, meant more anti-biotics which also upset the gut flora and fauna of animals and the ultimate consumers of animal produce and products – human beings. Today a father of a special child was telling me how he used to play cricket at 12 noon without any hassle while his son can’t go swimming today because the child gets dehydrated and sick. Omega-3 fats which was abundant in the food of the father, when he was a kid, is no longer available to his son. With refined vegetables oils and Trans-fat becoming stable diets in many households across the world, we are having issues that have assumed epidemic proportions.
More and more doctors are now advising the use of traditional saturated fats that research shows, prevents obesity and promote a healthy heart. Today ‘egg-yellows’ are back in the diet as are coconut oil, ghee, butter, etc.
We are taking more Omega 3 and the ratio between Omega 3 and Omega 6 is improving and so is the overall health of the person as the gut fauna and flora are restored to a healthy state. Persons do not produce toxins in the gut that affect normal brain function.