Sally Fallon Morrell of the Weston A. Price Foundation shared the following in a speech in 2010: (source – http://www.westonaprice.org/mentalemotional-health/nutrition-and-mental-development)
“Now, if we look at the fats in the brain, the two major fats are saturated fat and a fat called arachidonic acid. But we’re not supposed to eat saturated fats, right? Yet saturated fats like butter, meat fats, lard, and coconut oil are the kinds of fats your brain wants and needs. And if you don’t eat those fats, your body says, “Well, give me that next best thing: refined carbohydrates.” Your body can make saturated fats out of refined carbohydrates. And that’s how people get cravings for refined carbohydrates – especially pregnant women and growing children. Unfortunately, eating refined carbohydrates robs the body of nutrients, while natural saturated animal fats provide some very important nutrients.
The other really interesting fat in the brain is arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid that is only in animal fats, such as in butter, egg yolks, organ meats, and meat fats. Like saturated fats, arachidonic acid has been the victim of demonization.”
And what happens when the brain is deprived of its preferred fuel? Ms. Morrell tell us in the same speech:
“Today the horrible condition called autism – along with other manifestation of brain starvation such as learning disorders, mental problems, inability to concentrate, behavior problems, violence, addiction and mental retardation threaten the fabric of our culture.
I’m not going to mince words here. These problems are the direct result of the dietary guidelines coming out of the Department of Agriculture since the early 1980’s,…
You need ’em, so EAT ‘EM!