Omega-6:3Weight Control

Does modern diet have any danger to your health?

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There are two main types of essential fatty acids (EFA): omega-3 and omega-6. They are called essential fatty acids because human body cannot produce them, so you can only get these fatty acids from a healthy diet.

American scientist Artemis P. Simopoulos say that the ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 was 4:1 or even more balanced in the human body until the 1960s, but then this ratio has been overturned.

By the 2000s, the average omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acid ratio increased to 25:1 in the USA. The main reason is that the food industry is much more focused on mass production and preservation.

It is difficult to get the optimal ratio of essential fatty acids because of the increased use of vegetable oil which is rich source of omega-6 and the reduced intake of omega-3 due to lower fish consumption. Changes in agriculture also have a negativ effect on fatty acid ratio.

Farm animals receive feed containing omega-6 fatty acids. Consequently, meat products are high in omega-6, while they are lack omega-3.

It is also true for the poultry, eggs and farmed fish. Even cultivated vegetables contain less omega-3 fatty acids than their wild counterparts.

Overall, modern farming has increased the level of omega-6 in many foods at the expense of omega-3 (green leafy vegetables, meat, eggs and even fish), which has led to high consumption of omega-6 by now.

Let’s look at the core of diseases. Can it happen that the wrong fatty acid ratio is in the background?

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