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The Omega Ratio
In proportion, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids team up to fight inflammation
By Susan Weiner
When humans were hunter-gatherers, meeting daily nutritional needs was fairly simple: What could be more nutritionally complete than fresh mastodon, flame-broiled and garnished with local vegetation? Nevertheless, throwing spears at wild game eventually gave way to throwing plastic-wrapped meats and produce into a shopping cart, and village hunts morphed into fast-food lunches.
As shelf life and profits began to take precedence over healthful benefits, vital nutrients were lost in the shuffle. This has left modern-day humans to bear the brunt of a diet lacking in nutrients that are crucial to good health including a family of essential fats called omega-3 fatty acids.
Once thought of as run-of-the-mill fats, omega-3s have been found to perform so many jobs in the human body that health practitioners of all types are using these amazing substances in the prevention or treatment of numerous medical problems, including arthritis, cancer and obesity. But the biggest omega-3 advantage may lie in cardiovascular protection, in which omega-3s are proving themselves to be as effective as some cholesterol-lowering statin drugs—without unwanted side effects like memory problems, and muscle and liver damage.
There are a number of omega-3s, so picking the right one can be confusing. Even more confounding is that simply adding more omega-3 fats to your diet isn’t enough because their disease-fighting impact is being nullified by a lesser-known family of fatty acids called omega-6s. To understand why, it helps to know something about the different types of fat in your diet—and how modern food processing has upset the natural balance among them.
Essential Fat Tug-of-War
Of the four major types of fats found in foods—saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and cholesterol—both omega-3s and omega-6s are part of the polyunsaturated class. The
“We want our diet to be no more than four or five molecules of omega-6 to one of omega-3,” notes Susan Allport, author of The Queen of Fats: Why Omega-3s Were Removed from the Western Diet and What ...