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Pork and bacon, free range, and omega 6s?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 17, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Now theres that whole nitrate issue, but nitrates are naturally occuring in ground grown plants, and thats where most of the nitrates on our diet come from, so I dont really care that much TBH.

But i am very hard trying to balance my omega-6/3 ratio. Pork, especially fatty pork's ratio is wack, probably because they are generally factory farmed and grain fed. (they are difficult to raise free range, they overturn the feilds eating the roots etc) They are such big eaters, it seems like even if they were pastured, they might still eat alot of grain?

Does anyone know if free range pork, or bacon has a much better ratio, like free range chicken and eggs do? Any studies that point to this?

(I love bacon! :/)

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on July 15, 2012
at 04:47 PM

@raisefitness, given our low conversion of ALA to longer-chain FAs, you have to wonder if, evolutionarily, that's there for a reason. I.e. our demands for DHA/EPA aren't that high.

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on July 15, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Good observation mentioning the ALA Omega-3 difference. Men generally only convert about 4% of ALA to DHA, and women a slightly higher amount, up to about 20%. But ALA is much better than Omega-6

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on June 17, 2012
at 02:55 PM

Also worth noting: omega-3s in land animals typically is just ALA (not that it's a bad thing!)

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on June 17, 2012
at 02:20 PM

I mean the science of grass fed versus grain is fairly consistant, more omega 3, less 6. I just want to know, if I can, how _much_ difference does it make. Can I have lots of free range bacon, or should I restrict it? (I guess I should ask the same of free range eggs, lol)

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on June 17, 2012
at 02:18 PM

Its not just ratio I am concerned with BTW :). I want no more than 6-8 grams of o-6 per day.

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Hmm, free range eggs definately have lower o-6. Perhaps this is because of the chickens own ratio. Interesting. That would imply that the same would be true of pork, at least to some degree.

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Not that pork is as bad as vege oil. 100 grams of canola oil is 14.5 grams of o-6, wherea 100 grams of pork belly (half a packet of bacon) is 5020 mgs . But still pork seems quite high compared to other meats. Your supposed to be under 4% of calories with o-6, and for a 2000 cal diet, thats 2.2-8.8 grams. I guess one bit of bacon wouldnt tip you over, but too much, along with too many eggs would count as a significant part of that intake.

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Ah, so according to that free range pork will then have fairly lower omega 6's? Free range chicken and eggs do have decently lower o-6, compared to just grain fed, I assume by your explaination this is because of better omega 3, fixing the animals own ratio of fat stored, due to grass/fibers....?

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on June 17, 2012
at 06:55 AM

Grass fed pork will have a slightly better ratio. To get your ratio high consider wild salmon twice a week and grass feed beef or bison the other days. And pastured eggs.

Or some variation of that.

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on June 17, 2012
at 02:18 PM

Its not just ratio I am concerned with BTW :). I want no more than 6-8 grams of o-6 per day.

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on June 17, 2012
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Pork and chicken do not have high omega-3s, because they're not grazing animals like ruminants who have fermentation based digestive systems. It's the grass that produces a higher omeag-3 content. Grain feeding doesn't enhance omega-6 content, it's more the exclusion of grass and fiberous plant material than causes low omega-3.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on June 17, 2012
at 02:07 PM

Hmm, free range eggs definately have lower o-6. Perhaps this is because of the chickens own ratio. Interesting. That would imply that the same would be true of pork, at least to some degree.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on June 17, 2012
at 02:55 PM

Also worth noting: omega-3s in land animals typically is just ALA (not that it's a bad thing!)

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on June 17, 2012
at 01:52 PM

Ah, so according to that free range pork will then have fairly lower omega 6's? Free range chicken and eggs do have decently lower o-6, compared to just grain fed, I assume by your explaination this is because of better omega 3, fixing the animals own ratio of fat stored, due to grass/fibers....?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on July 15, 2012
at 04:47 PM

@raisefitness, given our low conversion of ALA to longer-chain FAs, you have to wonder if, evolutionarily, that's there for a reason. I.e. our demands for DHA/EPA aren't that high.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 15, 2012
at 03:33 PM

Good observation mentioning the ALA Omega-3 difference. Men generally only convert about 4% of ALA to DHA, and women a slightly higher amount, up to about 20%. But ALA is much better than Omega-6

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