Know the Difference Between Your Omega Fatty Acids
One of the most important things you can do to improve your overall health is to eat more omega-3 fat and reduce your intake of omega-6 fat.
Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential fats. "Essential" means that you need to eat them because your body can't make them from scratch.
Where Do I Get Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
Where Do I Get Omega-6 Fatty Acids?
Even if you don't buy bottles of any of these types of oils to cook with, you ingest them unknowingly in processed foods and the restaurant foods you eat.
Although omega-6 is an essential fat, getting enough of it isn't the problem.
Getting too much of it is.
A bad omega fatty acid ratio (too little omega-3, too much omega-6) tends to be a result of eating too many processed foods and not enough fish or flaxseed.
Fish, after all, can be expensive - and some people don't like it - and ground flaxseed is unfamiliar to most people and not really a mainstream food. Similarly, many people don't want the extra calories from eating seeds, nuts and oils.
...too much omega-6 fat and not enough omega-3.
Western diets are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, and have excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids compared with the diet on which we human beings evolved.
Omega Fatty Acids: The Ideal Ratio
1 to 1. That's the ratio we evolved on!
So what's the average ratio the way we eat today?
Somewhere between 15 to 1 and 17 to 1!
Poor health. This crazy high omega-6/omega-3 ratio promotes many diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
So how can we improve our omega-6/omega-3 ratio? By eating more omega-3 and less omega-6, of course! Here's how...
Omega Fatty Acids: Ways to Increase Omega-3s
Omega Fatty Acids: Ways to Decrease Omega-6s
More healthy eating.
More on omega fatty acids from the American Heart Association.
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