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From: Randi Barman (
Subject:         Re: The Pros and Cons of Olive Oil?
Date: October 19, 2008 at 5:31 am PST

In Reply to: Re: The Pros and Cons of Olive Oil? posted by Tim on October 15, 2008 at 10:03 am:

Hi all, I think that the most recent of research implicates oils even further. It seems that the ratio of omega 3: omega 6 is what is often overlooked in todays diet. In short, by consuming these refined oils we are taking in more omega 6 fatty acids which is not appropriately balanced by the intake of long-chain omaga 3 fatty acids. The latter fatty acids can only be found in oily fish (and supplements) and are considered to be anti-inflammatory whereas the omega 6 oils are genrally pro-inflammatory. This is where the beneficial effects of omega 3 reagarding heart health com from. Also it is interesting to note that years ago meat was a decent source of omega 3 but todays insistence on feeding grain means there is now negligable amounts present.

Jeff do you think that Vegans are able to get enough long chain omega 3 fatty acids? I know that omega 3 is present in a range of foods such as flax etc, but they are not present in the long-chain form and appaerently the chain elongation pathway is a very ineffecient process in humans.

Many thanks


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