Could This Be The Final Solution To The Vegetable Oil Problem? The Crazy New Technology Of “Cultured Oil” At Zero Acre Farms, With Jeff Nobbs.

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How do we get vegetable oils out of the food system?

That's the question that my podcast guest on this show – Jeff Nobbs of Zero Acre Farms – is determined to answer, in a very unique fashion.

Now, if your question is, “But why do we need to eliminate vegetable oils? Aren't they, after all, from (healthy) vegetables?”, let me get you quickly up to speed.

The consumption of vegetable oil has skyrocketed in recent years, while healthier fats like coconut oil have been eased out. The reasons behind this shift are many, but economics is a significant factor. Vegetable oils are cheap, and even high-end restaurants are starting to cut their olive oil with vegetable oil to reduce costs. These days, it's hard to find a “healthy” packaged snack, like popcorn, nuts, or vegetable chips, that isn't doused in vegetable oil. What many people still don't realize is that vegetable oils are leading drivers of chronic disease, negatively impacting your metabolism, levels of inflammation, oxidative stress, weight, and cancer risk (for more on the studies behind the facts, you can read this series of articles by my guest Jeff Nobbs). Ruthlessly eliminating inflammatory oils from your diet, particularly vegetable oil, is one of the best nutrition decisions you can make for your overall health.

Then there's the environmental impact of vegetable oils. Canola, sunflower, soybean, and palm oil are among the most environmentally destructive crops in the world. Vegetable oils emit more greenhouse gasses per kilogram than any other major crop, and they're a top cause of global deforestation, taking up more land than all fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, roots, and tubers combined.

So, now are you on board with getting vegetable oils out of your diet and the food system? ;)

Thankfully, health-minded leaders are starting to take notice. Zero Acre Farms is a company that makes oils from fermentation, not cleared rainforests, and they seem to have found an affordable, healthy, environmentally-friendly alternative to what I consider to be one of the scourges of the nutrition world.

I recently tried their new and unique Cultured Oil for a Sunday night feast with my sons. After a wander out in the forest for nettle and wild mushrooms, I put together a delicious meal of wild plant pesto, salmon, and the mushrooms. Normally I would have grabbed extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil, my two cooking staples, but instead, I decided to try this newfangled stuff I'd been sent a few days earlier. The Cultured Oil has higher levels of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats than other oils and still has a ridiculously high smoke point at around 485 degrees Fahrenheit. The oil performed remarkably well, perfectly bringing out the flavors of the food. My family loved it.

Jeff Nobbs, the man behind Zero Acre Farms, is a healthy food innovator on a mission to reverse chronic disease and help fix the many problems in today’s food system. After an early career in technology, Jeff founded the healthy fast-casual restaurant chain Kitava, served as COO of Perfect Keto, and co-founded food security non-profit HelpKitchen. Jeff is now co-founder and CEO of Zero Acre Farms.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-What is the Kitavan Diet?…09:22

-Pervasiveness of vegetable oils in the food system and the correlation to rising incidence of chronic diseases…17:46

-The environmental impact of vegetable oils…28:28

-The story of Zero Acre Farms…32:59

-How does the fermentation process work?…44:34

-The future of cultured oils…58:49

-How to order cultured oil?…1:02:52

-And much more…

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8 thoughts on “Could This Be The Final Solution To The Vegetable Oil Problem? The Crazy New Technology Of “Cultured Oil” At Zero Acre Farms, With Jeff Nobbs.

  1. Heather says:

    Ben’s first aid kit against consuming damaging oils. On your FB post you write: “supplement with 20 g of glycine (preferably split into four servings of 5 g each) and 2 to 5 g of spirulina to help mitigate the damage.”

    Just wanted to check to see if 20g of glycine was the proper dosage. I’ve looked at glycine pills/capsules and that would equal to taking like 40 pills in some cases. And if it is in fact 20g, how do you recommend spreading out the four servings of 5g if the meal is in the afternoon (aka lunch) vs in the evening (aka dinner)?

  2. Michael h says:

    Nod to the Miron/glass bottle comment above. Seems like a no brainer. Glass is just as recyclable as Aluminum, and way healthier.

    My real question. They claim the sugar they start with is non-GMO but no where does it mention the bacteria itself has not been GMO’d, did this get addressed and I missed it?

  3. bob says:

    oil has a negative polarity, clearly Al packaging is not a healthy choice. Hope they fix it.

    With that price in mind it could come in Miron Violet glass, or at least in a glass bottle in a light-proof cardboard packaging..

  4. Rob Wagnon says:

    I noticed they use an aluminum bottle to package the oil. Any concern about aluminum leaching into the oil?

    1. Ben Greenfield says:

      Aluminum [foil] at cold temperatures is better than plastic because plastic actually can leach even at room temperature or cold temperature. Aluminum is not gonna leach [from aluminum foil] unless it gets heated up. For more about this, feel free to check out episode 305:

      1. Janice R. says:

        I get the shelf life issue with glass but cold products also leach aluminum over time. For that price I would rather have glass and refrigerate the product. Comparing aluminum to plastics means nothing when both are bad for our bodies.

  5. Philip Bredsguard says:

    Hey Ben, I have been following you and your content for years and love what you do and what you stand for. I have just recently switched my Omega 3 supplement to Kion’s. I did notice that there is a bit of sunflower oil in them. Why? Should I stop taking the Kion Omega 3 capsules if I don’t want to take in the bad oil? I value your opinion highly and have come to trust you. I have had this question for some time but knew you wouldn’t have put it in there if you thought it was against what you teach. Just curious…

    1. Ben Greenfield says:

      Hi Philip. The quality of the soil and the process of extraction make all the difference. I discuss this topic with Andreas Wecker —

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