On the blog I talked about the dangers of very high omega-6 oils, like soybean oil. But while the intake of soybean oil has skyrocketed, it’s certainly not the only culprit of our insanely high intake of the oils.
Lets take a step back.
If Omega-6 fats are essential, why do we keep saying they’re dangerous?
Because while they ARE essential, too many in the body can cause a host of issues, namely inflammation. And inflammation — chronic inflammation — has been linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, Alzeimers and pretty much every other disease known to man.
So one major goal with our diets should be to "tame the flame" or, in other words, eat less inflammatory foods.
Outside of soybean oil, which again is in more foods than you’d expect, where else can we find high levels of omega-6 fats that we need to decrease? Here’s just a few…
But it’s not just oils that are a culprit.
A brilliant scientist and omega 3 fat pioneer, came up with something called the Omega-3 Balance Score — where foods are "ranked" based on their omega-3:omega-6 balance. The goal with his lists are to eat more of the foods that have higher positive numbers and less than have negative. Here are some examples below of some common foods:
Eat Less of These
Most Ready to eat cereals, -0.9
Rye crackers, -1.1
English Muffins, -2.1
Puff pastry, -30.6
Now, this is a very, very abbreviated list from the site listed above. But definitely check out that link, as you may be very, very surprised with what you find! Just wanted to give some examples. Keep in mind, while we like the overall idea of this, it’s certainly not the only measure of food quality. Walnuts, for example, have a very negative score — but they have loads of other health benefits, so like most things, it’s not the only measure of quality.
But as a whole, it’s a good idea to eat more "positive" foods and a lot less "negative" foods.