Why is our Omega 3 and Omega 6 ratio important? or why are we becoming obese?

Recent research from Artemus Simopoulos discusses the effect of an increase in the Omega-6/Omega-3 Fatty Acid ratio and the increase in risk of obesity.

In the paper Simopoulos argues that Human Beings evolved on a diet that was balanced in Omega 6 and Omega 3. In the following diagram Simopoulos shows how our diets have evolved.

It is clear that in recent years with all the added convenience of modern living we have changed a fundamental part of our diets. We have increased our Omega 6 and Trans fats intake significantly. Simopoulos also states that a high Omega 6 intake has been shown in animal and human studies to be associated with weight gain as is a high Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio.

Sacha Inchi naturally has the ideal ratio of approximately 1:1 Omega 6 to Omega 3.

There are many factors that contribute to obesity however this and other research helps us to understand the impact of the rise in our consumption of Omega 6. The full research paper is here.


Please ensure that you see proper medical advice before changing your diet or if you are in any doubt about how changing your Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio will affect your individual situation.

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