Essential Fatty Acids Are Not Essential
Ray Peat shouldn’t be understood too quickly.
According to some wooden-headed windbag blowing bubbles out his butt on the Weston A. Price website …
“While he [Ray Peat] gives out some good and intriguing information, one must be careful when listening to him. He mentions that there is no such thing as essential fatty acids. Well, yes there are. Dr. Mary Enig tried to straighten out his confusion on this subject in our Spring 2005 Wise Traditions, but apparently he is still confused. He also says we wouldn’t need vitamin E if we didn’t eat any polyunsaturated fats. Dr. Enig points out that there is some polyunsaturated fat in all food. So even if that is true, it is kind of like saying, ‘If pigs could fly, [fill in the blank].’ If pigs could fly, I would give him a thumbs up for saying things like that. THUMBS DOWN.”
Ray Peat DOES know that “essential fatty acids” exist.
But he also knows that “essential fatty acids” are NOT essential (and cites the relevant studies) …
Ray Peat (“Unsaturated Vegetable Oils: Toxic,” RayPeat dot com, 2006) wrote …
“Essential fatty acids (EFA) are, according to the textbooks, linoleic acid and linolenic acid, and they are supposed to have the status of ‘vitamins,’ which must be taken in the diet to make life possible. However, we are able to synthesize our own unsaturated fats when we don’t eat the ‘EFA,’ so they are not ‘essential.’ The term thus appears to be a misnomer. [M. E. Hanke, ‘Biochemistry,’ Encycl. Brit. Book of the Year, 1948.]”