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Omega 3/6 ratios in food?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 05, 2010 at 4:40 PM

I am wondering if there is a good resource for finding general guidelines regarding omega 3/6 ratio in foods.

For example, I know that beef is supposed to be higher in omega 3s than chicken (especially grassfed), but by how much? Should I avoid chicken or chicken fat, or just show a preference for beef?

I take fish oil, but would like to be able to rely on my diet more for optimal 3/6 balance.

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on April 06, 2010
at 06:19 AM

Wasn't this but this one is great too. Thanks.

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at 06:21 PM

This is the one you want: http://stay-healthy-enjoy-life.blogspot.com/2007/10/selecting-fats-and-oils-for-health.html

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on April 05, 2010
at 05:54 PM

In terms of common meats, beef is the best (20% fat, 0.4g o-6), lamb (23.4% fat, 1.3g o-6) and pork (21.2% fat, 1.6g o-6) much the same and chicken (8% fat, 1.3g o-6) far the worst. Turkey is about the same as chicken in terms of ratio, but it's so much leaner that there's far less omega 6, as there's far less fat. I'm basing all of these assertions on www.nutritiondata.com mentioned above, to compare you need to guesstimate which cuts of meats are comparable though (hence going for ground meats).

Elsewhere on here, the NutritionData data about grassfed versus conventional meat has been challenged, on the basis that ND suggest that grassfed beef still has substantially more omega 6 than 3, yet (it is argued) that given the nature of grass, pure grass-fed beef couldn't end up with much more omega 6. On the other hand, even 'grass-fed' animals tend to be fed something else during the winter and even those fed on grass-concentrate end up with a disbalance towards omega 6 (very limited study though since the animals were only fed on the test diets for 85 days pre-slaughter).

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on April 07, 2010
at 10:16 PM

Furthering my surprise about the high omega-6 content in a pork chop, it appears that BACON is way too high as well. Dammit! Back to that somewhat nasty beef bacon...

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at 05:34 PM

There was a blogpost by someone who broke down the structure of different oils but I can't seem to find it out :S Any idea anyone ?

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on April 05, 2010
at 06:21 PM

This is the one you want: http://stay-healthy-enjoy-life.blogspot.com/2007/10/selecting-fats-and-oils-for-health.html

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on April 06, 2010
at 06:19 AM

Wasn't this but this one is great too. Thanks.

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on April 05, 2010
at 05:16 PM

Here is a link to an article that begins to address your question. You can use this service to do an analysis of any food you would like to eat.

http://blog.nutritiondata.com/ndblog/2010/03/grassfed-beef-and-omega3s-the-fine-print.html

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