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June 22, 2011 at 10:25 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Blaming diet and nutrition on your relatives

By jennie from SLN More Blogs by This Author

I'm happy to report I've found a study supporting my quest for totally absolving myself of personal responsibility for my diet and nutrition. 

The report (found here: discusses results on how the dramatic increase in a particular type of fatty acid, omega-6 PUFAs, in the American diet, together with a genetic propensity, causes individuals of African descent to more efficiently convert these dietary PUFAs to long chain PUFAs in the human body. Long chain PUFA can then, in turn, be converted to inflammatory messengers.

Ok, I'm not of African descent so I have none of these 'poofa' converting issues, but, it does point clearly to my ancestors as the source of any health problems I may develop along the way.  Cause - effect.

It also stands to reason that my small genetic contributions can hardly be expected to change the course of future relatives and their health (flapping butterfly wing analogies notwithstanding). I think it's my obligation going forward to take the path of least resistance.  Keep the standards set in biological stone by thousands of my European forefathers and foremothers.  Who am I to mess with a long line of unhealthy nutritional excess?

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