Children Eating the Wrong Types of Fat: Omega 6

Thursday, February 28, 2013 @ 08:02 PM

How to Balance Your Omega 6:3 Ratio

Primary sources of Omega-6 fatty acids that you would benefit from by reducing include:

Corn oil Canola oil Soy oil
Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats Margarine Shortening

Just look at the labels on the foods and condiments you buy and you’ll see just how overabundant these oils are. It’s very difficult to find any kind of processed or prepackaged food that does not contain one of these oils. I strongly recommend you avoid all of the above as they will only worsen your omega 6 to omega 3 ratio.

Acceptable oils include:

  • High quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocados
  • Organic, grass-fed butter
  • Rendered fat from cooking healthy animals can also be used

Another way to improve your omega 6:3 ratio is to change the type of meat you eat. You could consume more game meat like venison, or other game animals that are raised exclusively on grass or free-range diets. Keep in mind that because nearly all cattle are grain fed before slaughter, if you eat traditionally raised beef it will typically worsen your omega 6:omega 3 ratio. Free-range and/or grass-fed beef, however, contain better ratios of these two fats, and are a far better option.

Story at-a-glance

  • Dietary advice about fats and risk of heart disease has been called into question by research showing that replacing saturated animal fats with omega-6 polyunsaturated vegetable fats is linked to an increased risk of death among patients with heart disease
  • Recent research also found that people who regularly ate a traditional “Southern” diet, known for its many deep-fried foods, had a whopping 41 percent increased risk of stroke
  • Limiting your intake of omega-6 fats and boosting intake of omega-3 during pregnancy can result in a healthier, more muscular baby, according to a new study. Levels of omega-6 in the mother’s blood during pregnancy was positively correlated with their child’s fat mass at ages four and six

If you want to increase your overall health and energy level and prevent health conditions like heart disease, cancer, depression and Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, and a host of other diseases, one of the most important strategies at your disposal is to increase your intake of omega-3 fats and reduce your intake of processed omega-6 fats.

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