Some prominent experts say there’s no reason to worry about getting too much omega-6 in your diet. But Nutrition Diva finds far too much evidence to ignore.
What’s the Bottom Line on Omega-6 Fats?
Do we know everything there is to know about how omega-6 fats affect our health? Of course not. But is the notion of an optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 a myth with absolutely no data to support it? Hardly. I find it supremely ironic that this panel of experts—even as they are admitting to decades of misguided advice on saturated fats—feels perfectly comfortable dismissing valid questions about omega ratios as some sort of kooky, amateur obsession. Have we learned nothing?
I’m going to keep an open mind on this question—and I wish our leading experts would do the same. In the meantime, I can’t see any downside to moderating our intake of omega-6 fats (found mostly in processed foods) in favor of the uncontested benefits of omega-3s (found in fish) and monounsaturated fats (such as those in olive oil).
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