There are 2 essential fatty acids (FA) and with fatty acids I mean fats our body need from the diet because it cannot make them. All other types of fat can be made by our body. These essential fatty acids arec called Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
Omega-3 you can get from foods like seafood, walnuts, flax seeds, and some soy. Omega 6 fatty acids you can find in land animals, chicken, pork, beef and polyunsaturated vegetable oils. So you might notice here that you, yourself are mainly consuming food rich in omega-6 and barely any omega-3.
And yes it is true for most of us, we eat a lot of Omega-6 FA. The ratio between omega 6 to omega 3 is way too high nowadays, but used to be 20 times smalles. We do consume too much Omega-6.
So after finding out about that fact, everyone was told by physicians and the industry that we need to eat more fish and seafood or at least consume fish oil capsules in order to increase the omega 3 and therefore decrease/restore the ratio.We are in fact encouraged to eat fish, it is healthy and good for us.
It is everywhere:”Fish oil supplements can lower elevated triglyceride levels. Having high levels of this blood fat puts you at risk for heart disease”
However, looking into research shows a totally different story. A meta-analysis analyzed 89 studies and showed that increasing the omega-3 levels does not make any difference (Evangelos C. Rizos, 2012). But besides that, wouldn’t it be better and more logical to reduce the omega-6? There is a lot of money in encouraging and selling omega 3 supplements or adding more animal products to our lives by eating more fish additional to all the meat we are already consuming. And there is no effort in encouraging people to drastically reducing all the meat we are consuming because that would not bring any money.
And it is even worse, there are studies published that high levels of omega-3 causes type 2 Diabetes(CH MacLean, 2004). So actually it does exactly the opposite what we are told it does. It is a billion dollar industry making money of something where is no evidence for and even adverse effects.
Inspired by: ‘Food Choices’