Our dysfunctional relationships, our nutrient poor diets and the ill mental, spiritual and physical health that results from them are literal niche markets that have proven to be very profitable indeed.
Many a men's right's blogger and commenter has made note of the efforts of Western society to emasculate and feminize society as a whole...to promote feminine behavior in men.
It just so happens that following the conventional dietary wisdom plays so perfectly into this agenda.
See, on a basic, physiological level, what is the primary difference in male and female biology? When you get right down to it, it's testosterone.
And the standard low-fat, no-red meat, low cholesterol, plant-based diet that we are all supposedly should be eating to have good health? It's a diet that is primarily instrumental in reducing the bodies production of testosterone.
Saturated fat, and cholesterol are primary building blocks for the bodies production of testosterone.
To put it simply, a low-fat diet, is a low-T diet.
Speaking for myself, It's been 4 years now since I've adopted a high-protein, high-fat diet - I like to call it a Nutrient Dense, Real Food diet, after nearly a decade of low-fat, non-fat, semi-vegetarian, whole grain diet, all through my 20's and early 30's. That diet saw me increasingly getting fatter (at my worst, I was 40 lbs. overweight), and in hindsight, I now realize I had a gradually decreasing libido.
Eating too many plant foods and not enough animal foods was turning me into an Herb.
After a few years of eating paleo, I've discovered that I now have a constant, raging libido of a caveman ready to club the nearest fertile female and drag her away for some carnal savagery. I haven't felt like this since I was 15 years old and first starting dating, and could think of nothing else but sex, drugs, sex, rock-n-roll, and sex. One thing about being older though, while my libido has been rejuvenated by my diet, you don't get the bothersome, can't-control effects like involuntary erections, like you do when you first pass through puberty.
But it turns out that testosterone is linked to far more than just your libido.
From the FuturePundit: Low Testosterone Increases Heart Death Risk?
Low testosterone levels seem to be linked to a heightened risk of premature death from heart disease and all causes, suggests research published online in Heart.
The finding refutes received wisdom that the hormone is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Some researchers have already noted that obese men have low levels of testosterone and higher levels of estrogen.
That's becasue obese men eat too many carbs and not enough protein and fat...the high-T food.
After reading that Futurepundit post and the commentary, I googled "testosterone and saturated fat."
Here are some of the resulting articles I came up with...
From The Testosterone Diet
Quality fat will increase your low testosterone levels. When I say quality fat, I'm not talking about soy, corn, or cotton seed oils in a clear plastic bottles sitting on the grocery store shelf. As a matter of fact, I'm not talking about polyunsaturated oils at all.
Poly fats will reduce your testosterone levels!
I'm talking about mono fats from olives and avocados, and saturated fat from beef and egg yolks.
Yup, I'm talking old school bodybuilder food!
In his younger days, Jack Lalanne almost choked to death drinking cows blood. It coagulated in his throat on the way down, and just about sent him down the river.
Now, you don't need to take it that far, not even close. All I ask is that you start eating REAL food.
Need some examples?
Not real food..That sounds positively paleo...
Macaroni and cheese out of a box, pop tarts, frozen pizza.
Eggs, steak, broccoli, avocados, almonds, salmon, olives, the list goes on and on...
From How to Increase Testosterone
Tips to naturally increase testosterone levelsThe following are tips for how to increase testosterone naturally.
- Testosterone levels decrease with restricted diets but are restored within 48 hours after eating normal again.
- Diets high in protein, cholesterol, fat, and saturated fat will increase testosterone levels.
- Increasing polyunsaturated fat and decreasing saturated fat will decrease testosterone levels.
- Consistent and heavy weight training with compound exercises and short rest intervals is a huge contributor to stimulating higher than normal testosterone levels.
- Sex, masturbation, or an erotic stimulus will cause an increase in testosterone levels.
- Compounded medications such as BHRT testosterone can help increase testosterone levels.
- Painkillers such as aspirin, marijuana, and codeine will decrease levels of testosterone.
- Higher protein typically equals more animal fats therefore you'll likely be getting more saturated fat and cholesterol by consuming more protein.
- Alcohol decreases testosterone levels. Even just one night out on the town can cause testosterone levels to drop significantly.
- Runners and power lifters show lower levels of testosterone than bodybuilders do.
- Stress also significantly affects your testosterone. The higher your stress level the lower your testosterone levels.
Note that the entire low-fat/non-fat, avoid saturated fat conventional wisdom also makes people use more polyunsaturated fats like canola, corn, and soy oils, and eat a lot less saturated fats like butter, lard and tallow.
Be a man...eat FAT!
From Old School BodyBuilders: Testosterone and Saturated Fat:
Men like Armand Tanny, John Grimek, and Vince Gironda.
These pioneers of the muscle game didn't keep a bottle of testosterone cypionate in the medicine cabinet.
They didn't rely on fractioned, low-fat, over-processed foods either.
Vince shunned the primitive soy-based protein powders of the day, and got his aminos the way mother nature intended....From food!
He believed a large percentage of your daily food intake should be consumed in a raw, natural state.
His go-to guys were steak tartar, whole eggs, and raw milk.
Yup, Vince, John, Armand, and most of the other muscle men of that era ate what I like to call "man food."
Food that real men consumed, before fat phobia took over our collective conscious in the late 70s and early 80s.
As a matter of fact, these men embraced fat, from clean, animal-based sources, and for good reason.
For one, fat is good for you!
Surprised? More on that later…
Second, fat, especially saturated fat, is vital for optimal Testosterone Production.
Studies have shown conclusively, that male vegetarians, who typically consume very little saturated fat, have considerably lower levels of testosterone compared to non vegetarians.
In 2005 JS Volek conducted a study titled, The case for not restricting saturated fat on a low carbohydrate diet.
This research compared the dietary records of several men involved in weight training.
The authors found significant correlations between testosterone levels and total and saturated fat intake among men with a history of at least one year of weight training.
Testosterone is the key hormone that defines your masculinity. The fats and proteins that you eat (or don't eat) will determine the levels of testosterone your body produces.
No wonder the same corporate mass media that constantly seeks to emasculate the Western Male by degrading masculinity, and constantly portraying male role models as weak, effeminate, pussy whipped and dominated by women is the same entities promoting a low-fat, plant based (i.e. polyunsaturated fat) diet as optimal!
Time to cue up the shaming language...
Now do you want to eat like an herb, or eat like a MAN?