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Could the Paleo community be oversimplifying the omega-6/omega-3 ratio?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 03, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Admittedly I haven't read much actual research on this. I've seen some graphs on Chris Kresser's site showing a possible link between excess omega-6 and mortality.

The little research I've seen seems to only mention extracted seed oils. Maybe we're making a mistake by lumping omega-6 from all sources into a single category?

Has anyone seen a study done with omega-6 from animal sources (in the absense of seed oils)? Maybe the picture would be very different from feeding seed oils? I hear we shouldn't eat so much poultry because of high n-6/n-3 ratio, but I'm a bit skeptical.

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Make up some whole food diets in Cronometer, you have to eat some fairly weird things in large amounts to really screw up your ratio.

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Just experience and experimentation. My ratio runs anywhere from 3:1 up to 12:1 o6:o3, generally only gets low when I'm eating fatty seafood (i.e. salmon). I actually question the 4% maxiumum number of calories from PUFAs tossed around much more. Aside from some tropical fats, everything has significant amounts of PUFA, to suggest that a mere 4% is the limit on that, makes no sense.

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That's what my gut tells me too. Have you seen research, or is it just common sense? I always prefer dark meat when I eat chicken, and haven't had issues; maybe I'll just have to try replacing that with more fish to see if there's any incremental improvement.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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It's harder to imbalance omega-6s and omega-3s when you're not consuming tons of extracted vegetable oils daily. Meat, veggies, olive or coconut oils... You'd be hard pressed to get worse than 10:1 o6:3.

If it's a whole food, I don't think we should worry about it.

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on June 03, 2013
at 07:28 PM

That's what my gut tells me too. Have you seen research, or is it just common sense? I always prefer dark meat when I eat chicken, and haven't had issues; maybe I'll just have to try replacing that with more fish to see if there's any incremental improvement.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on June 03, 2013
at 08:16 PM

Make up some whole food diets in Cronometer, you have to eat some fairly weird things in large amounts to really screw up your ratio.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on June 03, 2013
at 08:16 PM

Just experience and experimentation. My ratio runs anywhere from 3:1 up to 12:1 o6:o3, generally only gets low when I'm eating fatty seafood (i.e. salmon). I actually question the 4% maxiumum number of calories from PUFAs tossed around much more. Aside from some tropical fats, everything has significant amounts of PUFA, to suggest that a mere 4% is the limit on that, makes no sense.

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