Is soybean oil healthy? What about corn oil, safflower oil, or sunflower oil? Today I want to remind you why and how to limit your omega 6 oils!
Omega 6 oils have flooded the American food supply over the past 60 years. They include soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil. These “refined vegetable oils” as they are typically referred, are found in almost all processed foods. Indeed, the consumption of soybean oil, the processed food industry’s pet oil, has increased 1000 fold since 1909!
Unfortunately, Omega 6 oils feed into the pro-inflammatory pathways in the body. Too much omega 6 fat is bad thing. When we consume excessive amounts of omega 6 oils, our pro-inflammatory pathways go on overdrive.
To add insult to injury, omega 6 fats are in a direct, one to one competition with the anti-inflammatory and super-important omega 3 fats. For every omega 6 fat in your system that is one less opportunity for omega 3 fats to do their good deeds. Optimal ratios of omega 6 to omega 3 fats are estimated to be about 2/1. Sadly, the average American consumes a ratio closer to 14-20/1! No wonder inflammatory-based diseases are rampant!
In addition to the plethora of omega 6 laden processed foods, the meat of conventionally raised livestock (not grass fed or free range) are an additional source of these ubiquitous fats – thanks to the corn and soybeans industrial farmers use as feed.
Here is your Plan of Action for Limiting Your Intake of Omega 6 Oils
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