Why Are Vegetable Oils Bad For You? | Dr. Cate Shanahan

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INTRO TO EPISODE:

Hello, Health Investor!

Welcome back to another episode of The Health Investment Podcast!

I’ve heard today’s guest—Dr. Cate Shanahan—interviewed on a multitude of podcasts. She and her husband wrote one of my favorite nutrition books, Deep Nutrition, so I’m always following her work. 

Recently, as I was listening to her on Vinnie Tortorich’s Fitness Confidential podcast—you may remember my interview with Vinnie from episode 12!—I thought to myself, “I have GOT to get Dr. Cate on The Health Investment Podcast! I don’t know how I’m gonna make it happen, but I’m gonna try!!”

That very same day, I emailed her, hoping for the best…

To my surprise, she wrote back the very next day and scheduled a time to chat!! It goes without saying that I was suuuuper excited; after you hear this episode, you’ll see why!

If you’re unfamiliar with Dr. Cate’s work, here’s a bit of background:

Dr. Cate Shanahan is a board certified family physician. Her expertise is diet-driven disease, specifically the twin roles of PUFAs and sugar in promoting weight gain, insulin resistance, prediabetes and other common diet-driven conditions. Her passion is educational programs that improve productivity & reduce employer healthcare costs by cultivating healthy habits at the individual and organization-wide levels.

After getting her BS in biology from Rutgers University, she trained in biochemistry and genetics at Cornell University’s graduate school before attending Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She practiced in Hawaii for ten years where she studied ethnobotany and her healthiest patient’s culinary habits. She applied her learning and experiences in all these scientific fields to write Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food. Together with Dr. Tim DiFrancesco and NBA legend Gary Vitti, she created the PRO Nutrition program for the LA Lakers and  helped forge a partnership between Whole Foods Market and numerous NBA teams. 

I know you’re anxious to hear everything Dr. Cate has to say, but one more thing: If you enjoy the episode, be sure to share it with a friend, family member, or coworker so that they, too, can benefit from all of the knowledge she shares!

MINUTE-BY-MINUTE BREAKDOWN OF THE EP:

4:00 | Dr. Cate’s background and impetus for studying nutrition

11:22 | Is it ever too late to reap the benefits from awesome nutrition? Do we ever hit a point of no return?

13:25 | Dr. Cate explains optimal nutrition in the simplest terms

15:50 | Why are vegetable oils bad for you?

24:52 | Since these oils are in almost everything, is a small amount of vegetable oil okay?

25:48 | Vegetable oils are ubiquitous—even at the top restaurants in the world. Why??

31:25 | Dr. Cate explains what happens to our bodies when we eat lots o’ vegetable oil

36:45 | What are the healthy oils/fats to consume? And what about salt? Is salt okay??

39:30 | How to make the food you cook taste good

51:34 | Highlights from Dr. Cate’s books The Fatburn Fix and Deep Nutrition


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