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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Thursday, 17 March 2011

The link between margarine and ADHD

This post includes a synopsis of a paper published in Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids 2009 Jul;81(1):89-96 and a recipe for pork roast and cabbage.

Study title and authors:
Project DyAdd: Fatty acids in adult dyslexia, ADHD, and their comorbid combination.
Laasonen M, Hokkanen L, Leppämäki S, Tani P, Erkkilä AT.
Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 20), FIN-00014, Helsinki, Finland.

This paper can be accessed at:

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
The study compared the dietary fats of adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, both disorders, and healthy controls.

The results of the study showed that:
(a)  ADHD and dyslexia were not associated with saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, or omega-3 polyunsaturated fats.
(b) Those with ADHD had elevated proportions of omega-6 polyunsaturated fats as compared to those without ADHD.
(c) Dyslexia was related to a higher proportion of monounsaturated nervonic acid and a higher ratio of omega-6/omega-3 polyunsaturated fats.

List of the top 20 foods highest in Total Omega-6 polyunsaturated fat per 100-gram serving.

1 Oil, vegetable safflower, salad or cooking, linoleic, (over 70%) Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 74615mg
2 Oil, vegetable, grapeseed Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 69591mg
3 Oil, vegetable, sunflower, linoleic, (approx. 65%) Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 65702mg
4 Oil, vegetable, poppyseed Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 62391mg
5 USDA Commodity Food, oil, vegetable, low saturated fat Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 57724mg
6 Oil, wheat germ Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 54797mg
7 Oil, vegetable, corn, industrial and retail, all purpose salad or cooking Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 53510mg
8 Oil, vegetable, walnut Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 52894mg
9 Salad dressing, mayonnaise, soybean and safflower oil, with salt Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 52002mg
10 Oil, vegetable, cottonseed, salad or cooking Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 51503mg
11 Oil, vegetable, industrial, soy, refined, for woks and light frying Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 51288mg
12 Oil, vegetable, tomatoseed Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 50796mg
13 Oil, soybean, salad or cooking Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 50422mg
14 USDA Commodity Food, oil, vegetable, soybean, refined Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 50293mg
15 Oil, cooking and salad, ENOVA, 80% diglycerides Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 45937mg
16 Oil, soybean, salad or cooking, (hydrogenated) and cottonseed Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 45307mg
17 Oil, sesame, salad or cooking Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 41304mg
18 Oil, vegetable, industrial, soy (partially hydrogenated ) and soy (winterized), pourable clear fry Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 40947mg
19 Mayonnaise dressing, no cholesterol Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 40567mg
20 USDA Commodity Food, shortening, type III, creamy liquid, soybean and soybean (partially hydrogenated) Total Omega-6 fatty acids: 40204mg

Most of the top 20 omega-6 foods are vegetable oils such as soy, sunflower and safflower which are extensively used in the manufacture of margarine. See here.

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Recipe of the day

Pork Roast & Cabbage

Boneless Pork Roast
Food Mall: Pork Roast
2 cups of cooked pork roast, chopped
1/2 head of cabbage
2 large onions, chopped
juice of 1 fresh lemon
1/3 cup of tomato juice
pepper and cayenne pepper to taste

Saute cabbage, pork and onions in olive oil.

Add lemon juice, tomato juice and seasonings and cook covered until vegetables are tender.

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