7 Myths About Omega Fatty Acids

Considering all the talk of Omega 3, 6, 7, and 9 fatty acids, you may be left a bit confused as to which ones you should be eating and which ones to avoid. To help you decipher the truth from the myth, here are the 7 most common myths about Omega fatty acids.

Myth #1: All Omega fatty acids are equal.

Fact: There is a big difference between the different types of Omega fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory, for example, while Omega 6s are pro-inflammatory.

Myth #2: You should eat as many Omega fatty acids as possible.

Fact:†Since most people already get excessive amounts of Omega 6s you should likely cut down on Omega 6s, while boosting your intake of Omega 3s, 7s, and 9s. Most nutrition experts estimate†that we eat about thirty to forty times the Omega 6s than Omega 3s in our diet. Omega 3s, which we need more of to counter that imbalance, are found in flaxseeds and hemp seeds, Omega 7s are primarily found in sea buckthorn berries and oil (learn more about sea buckthorn here), and Omega 9s are high in olives and olive oil.

Myth #3: Safflower, canola, corn, and sunflower oils are good sources of Omega 3s.

Fact: These oils are highest in omega-6s, the ones youíre most likely getting too much of. Even if youíre not consciously aware of eating these oils they are found in most baked goods, processed and prepared foods. That leads me to Myth #4.

Myth #4: Corn and canola are healthy oils.

Fact: The crops from which these oils are derived are heavily genetically-modified, making any nutritional value they once held insufficient in comparison to the potential health problems they may cause.

Myth #5: Fish is the only good source of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Fact: There are many excellent plant-based sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, including flaxseeds and hempseeds. Iíll share many of the best plant-based sources of Omega 3s in my blog tomorrow. Stay posted.

Myth #6: All fish containing Omega 3 fatty acids are suitable for consumption.

Fact:†There are many types of fish that contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acid, including mackerel, sardines, albacore tuna, salmon, lake trout, and herring. However, mackerel, tuna and farm-raised salmon are often high in pollutants like mercury and are best avoided.

Myth #7: All packaged foods that contain Omega 3 fatty acids are healthy.

Fact: Most companies add Omega 3 fatty acids to make otherwise unhealthy foods seem healthier. It has become a common practice for food manufacturers to add Omega 3 fatty acids to their products. Consider that Breyers Smart! Yogurt contains a miniscule 32 mg of the Omega 3 known as DHA, and one serving of Silk Soymilk Plus Omega-3 DHA contains only 32 mg of DHA. For comparison’s sake, one of the highest sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, a six-ounce serving of salmon contains more than 100 times the amount of DHA found in these products.

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Val P
Val P3 months ago

Fascinating

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Paulo R
Paulo R4 months ago

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Paulo R4 months ago

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Paulo R4 months ago

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Paulo R4 months ago

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natasha p
Past Member about a year ago

please no dead animal pics

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill4 years ago

thanks

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Delia M.
Delia McCabe4 years ago

This is such a huge topic and one that is confusing for most people. Whenever something is very complex, it is easy to both confuse people, and to fool them. One thing to keep in mind: the body can make most types of fats, including omega 7 and 9, but it cannot make omega 3 and 6! This is because of the carbon bonds that exist on the fat molecule, and which the body cannot insert any closer than at the 7th carbon .... See, it is complex. Check out my information-only site to read about this complex issue, and become more confident about how to get enough of these essential fats: www.deliahealth.com

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MJ J.
Past Member 4 years ago

I don't know... should I despair of being able to get enough Omega 3?

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Diana K.
Diana K4 years ago

Thank you.

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