The Omega-6 Imbalance
When was the last time you had fish for dinner? For most of us eating fresh, non-breaded,
fatty fish in our diet is either inconvenient, or just too expensive. A major part of the Western diet contains Omega-6
(breads, cereals, processed foods, hydrogenated oil, vegetable oil, and fast foods). Currently, the Omega-6 to Omega-3 imbalance is one of the greatest threats for our body's ability to stay healthy. The U.S Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health states that on average the Western diet has a ratio of 17 to 1 of Omega-6 to Omega-3. On a genetic level Omega-6 fits in the same space as Omega-3. An abundance of Omega-6 can lead to unhealthy levels of inflammation throughout the body.