In recent news, a study has linked linoleic acid to ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease and is a chronic condition that affects the lower gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and the development of open sores (ulcers) in the large intestine and rectum.
This is good news you would think, however there is a deception behind the news, not the study itself but the news articles that have been published. One article states “A high intake of linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid found in red meat and in many oils and some margarines…“. Another article states “A diet high in linoleic acid, found in beef, pork, sunflower oil, and some margarines, could increase the risk of a serious bowel condition called ulcerative colitis…“.
The articles suggest that meat contains high levels of linoleic acid up there with sunflower oil. I don’t know who does there research or where they get their information from (I actually believe the have a hidden agenda) but they are not even in the same ball park. Sunflower oil contains 70% linoleic acid where as beef is around 2% – yes 2%…. that is not even close.
So throw out all your so called cooking oils and healthy margarines – not just for your gut but also your heart health…. yes these fats are also bad for your heart not saturated fats as been suggested for decades, but that is another story. For now try using coconut oil for cooking, coconut oil is only 2.5% linoleic acid but high in all the good fats.