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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Anthropological Study: Krill Oil May Change The Face Of Dietary Habits

Close to 100 years ago, humans were consuming, as well as using the Omega 3 oils as cures. Diets of children and adults consisted primarily of foods high in Omega 3, however today that’s not the case. Historically, what does this mean? It means the majority of the population is not getting the nutrients they need to survive the next 100 years. Children diets today primarily consist of chips, soda, fast food, hotdogs, macaroni and cheese, and chicken fingers. Studies have shown 86% of children are not receiving a balanced diet at school. So would an increase in Omega 3 using krill oil make a difference for these youths? Absolutely!

Upon researching krill oil as opposed to fish oil at krilloil.com, I came to an alarming discovery. First, you’re probably wondering why I was on the site in the first place and what this has to do with history? For me, I’m in the process of losing a substantial amount of weight and I also suffer from intracranial hypertension. This has been caused by years of eating foods rich in fat and tons of carbohydrates. I’ve always had an issue working fish into my diet, however my father swears by it. The history of diets and food has always fascinated me, especially considering I initially went to school to be a chef. So from an anthropological standpoint, I want to learn what people were eating years ago and why they were so much healthier than we are now.

If you are used to fish or fish oil in your diet, you may not be aware of the benefits or lack thereof you’re actually getting. Fish being raised on farms for oil is pumped with chemicals and dyes, which explains the rose or peach color of many fresh fish you see in the market. It’s completely artificial. Furthermore, most fish seen in superstores like cod, orange roughy, salmon, herring, and tuna, are filled with mercury and metal.

If you’re like me and you don’t consume fish, taking a supplement can take the place of the fish lacking in you daily diet. The issue now, however, is when I started taking fish oil pills, I had horrible pains in my lower abdomen. As soon as I stopped, the pains stopped. When I looked into krill, tiny shrimp-like crustaceans found abundantly in the pristine icy waters around the South Pole that make up the largest biomass on earth, I thought these must be more beneficial. I don’t think there’s another place on earth that’s more clean and pure than the waters of Antarctica, and this is where krill these days is coming from.

If you’re still not buying it, let me explain it to all of you that are familiar with the anatomy of the body and how we digest these oils. Krill Oil is structured in phospholipid form and NOT triglyceride form. Our bodies have a difficult time breaking down triglycerides, however the phospholipids in Krill Oil are the exact same types of fats cells in the human body. Therefore Omega 3s can directly enter your body without any additional work or conversion!

It may not be archaeology like we at Ancient Digger usually talk about, however these findings are based upon years of sociocultural history. Our diets have changed and altered out lives, and for me, I’m making a huge change in my dietary habits. Every little bit of knowledge helps.

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