Omega 6 Not to be forgotten – or “What about Bluto?”
So you may be wondering “Why all the fuss about Omega 3”?
Sadly, like Popeye, Omega 3 is under duress. As a result of industrialization, and the kinds of processed foods and oils we now consume, most people do not get the amount they need. Omega 6 on the other hand, (like Bluto,) has managed to elbow its way into our diet in disproportionate amounts. Found in corn oil and other PUFAs (Polyunsaturated Fats,) it is actually just as essential as Omega 3, but has become so prevalent in recent years, that its overwhelming presence has thrown our metabolism out of kilter.
The fact is, you need both Omega 3 and 6 for heart and brain function, but when consumed in the wrong ratios, they stimulate inflammation, which is the source of almost every major disease today. Government recommendations suggest a ratio of 5 to 1 for omega 6 and omega 3 fats respectively. Current intake is about 10-20 to 1. Leafy greens and unprocessed nut and seed oils are your bodies best way to help even up the score.
Insight: Watching cartoons is good for you! (Not really, but eating greens is.) Green Leafy vegetables, chock full of important fatty acids like Omega 3, phytonutrients, and vitamins, help keep your body healthy at a cellular level and can prevent a long list of devastating diseases. The right oils can also assist you in utilizing all that this super food group has to offer