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Omega 6 in eggs

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Created January 14, 2012 at 12:59 AM

Hey everyone. My question is whether, given the omega-6 content of eggs, it would be advisable to prescribe an upper limit. I have been doing a steady dozen per day without any apparent health problems, Should I increase...decrease? Why. The bulk of my diet has minimal PUFAs outside of those found in eggs.

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on March 15, 2013
at 03:12 PM

WTF, I'm going to start buying those exactly. Thanks for the info!

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on January 16, 2012
at 02:26 AM

If eggs were your only protein source, you'd have to eat something like 16 of them a day, assuming no protein from anything else and assuming that you workout. They're a good source of sulfur-containing aminos, but I find that egg white binds me up like nothing else. If you're not similarly afflicted, you might give this a try. I would only replace meat with eggs if they were pastured though.

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on January 15, 2012
at 04:35 AM

Are you kidding me?? Its ALL ABOUT RATIO. Whether its eggs, beef, chicken, fish, pork, squirrel, raccoon, etc. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-differences-between-grass-fed-beef-and-grain-fed-beef/#axzz1jUx1q09P

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on January 15, 2012
at 01:37 AM

Thanks for the advice. What about upping the intake by a 1/2 dozen? I am seriously becoming more interested in the ovo-vegan approach to eating(minus the grains of course). I have even contemplating establishing an insect or worm farm and "dipping in" to the livestock cache....

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on January 14, 2012
at 08:46 PM

2 eggs per day? weak

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on January 14, 2012
at 03:54 AM

The PUFA in eggs is less problematic; coming from a whole natural source. Pick your poison: 7 grams of omega-6s from a dozen eggs, or from a tbsp of refined corn oil.

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on January 14, 2012
at 03:47 AM

I agree with Jay, hence my question as to whether it is desirable to have this level of eggs.

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on January 14, 2012
at 03:46 AM

I will eat 1 doz. per day 4 life my friends!(barring any wars and famines...).

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on January 14, 2012
at 02:17 AM

Agree with this, though I would limit it to about 2 eggs per day.

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on January 14, 2012
at 02:17 AM

It's not about ratio; you just don't want too much omega 6 period, no matter how much omega 3 you get.

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on January 14, 2012
at 08:27 PM

The EFAs in eggs are far more bioavailable than from oils due to the fact that they are in phospholipid rather than triglyceride form. Standard eggs have large amounts of arachidonic acid, flax-fed eggs have a lot of DHA. I would recommend that if you can't get pastured eggs, that you eat half battery eggs and half omega-3 eggs. It's not to balance out the arachidonic acid, it's to ensure that you're getting enough DHA as well. If the rest of the fat in your diet is coming from red meat or something, then even a dozen is probably OK.

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on January 15, 2012
at 01:37 AM

Thanks for the advice. What about upping the intake by a 1/2 dozen? I am seriously becoming more interested in the ovo-vegan approach to eating(minus the grains of course). I have even contemplating establishing an insect or worm farm and "dipping in" to the livestock cache....

Medium avatar

(39821)

on January 16, 2012
at 02:26 AM

If eggs were your only protein source, you'd have to eat something like 16 of them a day, assuming no protein from anything else and assuming that you workout. They're a good source of sulfur-containing aminos, but I find that egg white binds me up like nothing else. If you're not similarly afflicted, you might give this a try. I would only replace meat with eggs if they were pastured though.

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on January 14, 2012
at 01:06 AM

If that's your only source of omega 6 I can't see it as a problem. Omega 6s are not the devil.... the problem is excess omega 6.

You may well get tired of a doz/day. I used to have about 8/day for a long time now I've backed it down slightly.

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on January 14, 2012
at 03:46 AM

I will eat 1 doz. per day 4 life my friends!(barring any wars and famines...).

Af005ec9a8e028f2b04bf5367b64e0d6

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on January 14, 2012
at 08:46 PM

2 eggs per day? weak

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on January 14, 2012
at 02:17 AM

Agree with this, though I would limit it to about 2 eggs per day.

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on January 17, 2012
at 05:12 PM

Anyone else buying Christopher's Eggs from Kroger? Or basically any Belovo feeding system chicken eggs.. They feed the chickens 20 different vegetables and only a small fraction of that is grain. The eggs end up with a 1:1 ratio of 660mg omega3 to 660mg omega6. Pretty incredible! And although the carton nutrition label doesn't listen all of the macronutrients, being colorful vegetable fed hens I am willing to bet these eggs are very nutrient dense. They're sold under my local Kroger's private selection brand, but I have no idea where else to get them.

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on March 15, 2013
at 03:12 PM

WTF, I'm going to start buying those exactly. Thanks for the info!

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on January 14, 2012
at 07:11 AM

I would look into pastured eggs if possible. Even if it is just a dozen or two mixed in each week. It is amazing the difference they make. I have been spending a lot of time in cronometer latey tweaking things. There are lots of tough choices to make but they are individual. I wouldn't probably go above a dozen...

I personally eat four a day. I might go up at some point.

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on January 17, 2012
at 08:02 AM

If I were eating huge amounts of any one thing, I'd want to make sure I was getting top quality. I would 100% buy directly from a farmer you can trust or even look into buying some chickens myself, if practical.

But on another note, you shouldn't only be asking about omega 6. By limiting your protein source to eggs, you may be missing out of some nutrient not found in eggs, or you may be getting too much of something plentiful in eggs. I think some variety in your diet make sense health-wise.

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on January 14, 2012
at 01:03 AM

Add in a couple grams of Omega-3's to balance out your ratio. Or, buy eggs that have a higher Omega3-Omega6 ratio.

It doesn't matter what the fat source is, if its high in omega-6 unnaturally like grain fed animals and fish are, its the RATIO of O3/O6 thats the problem. (There is no other 'Nutritional' difference regarding macros, morality and micros are another matter).

See those frozen cheap Tilapias at Walmart??? They are farm raised, in China, fed GRAIN, and have NO omega3's like fish are suppose to, like beef/chicken/pork are suppose to have.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-differences-between-grass-fed-beef-and-grain-fed-beef/#axzz1jUx1q09P

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on January 14, 2012
at 02:17 AM

It's not about ratio; you just don't want too much omega 6 period, no matter how much omega 3 you get.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 14, 2012
at 03:54 AM

The PUFA in eggs is less problematic; coming from a whole natural source. Pick your poison: 7 grams of omega-6s from a dozen eggs, or from a tbsp of refined corn oil.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on January 15, 2012
at 04:35 AM

Are you kidding me?? Its ALL ABOUT RATIO. Whether its eggs, beef, chicken, fish, pork, squirrel, raccoon, etc. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-differences-between-grass-fed-beef-and-grain-fed-beef/#axzz1jUx1q09P

Ab683482ea62867b0c9c2c165ab734b2

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on January 14, 2012
at 03:47 AM

I agree with Jay, hence my question as to whether it is desirable to have this level of eggs.

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