2. Lopsided Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratios
We all know how important it is to reduce inflammation.
One way is to consume fats that are considered high in omega-3s (O3) rather than high doses of omega-6s (O6) because O3s have the unique ability to calm the flames of systemic inflammation. But that’s not the whole story.
What matters most is our ratio of O3 fats to O6 fats. The optimal ratio is 1 to 1. Many Americans — due to the overconsumption of O6 fats — are hovering around the 30:1 mark.
Vegetable and seed oils are mostly comprised of O6 fats. Even Canola Oil, which is touted as “heart healthy” and “packed with O3 fats” is a poor choice because the O3 fats in Canola Oil are typically rancid by the time you consume them.
O6 and O3 fats are polyunsaturated fats. These fats aren’t very stable, so the process of producing them is important. Canola Oil undergoes a lot of heating during processing, which oxidizes these fats and makes them harmful. The same thing happens when you cook at certain temperatures with Olive Oil — it’s no longer healthy once the fats are heated.
The other problem is that polyunsaturated fats are susceptible to air, light, and moisture. They oxidize easily which promotes free radicals in the body and increases systemic inflammation causing a chain reaction of negative consequences to your health. This inflammation is just like the inflammation gluten was promoting in your body.
Remember, these oils are in nearly everything. Your O6 to O3 ratio should be as close to 1 to 1 as possible, but with the ingestion of these vegetable oils you’re driving that ratio through the roof. A lopsided ratio is a key indicator of poor health.
An Extract from Toxic Oil
by David Gillespie
“Vegetable oil makes you exceedingly vulnerable to cancer. Every mouthful of vegetable oil you consume takes you one step closer to a deadly (and irreversible) outcome. Every mouthful of vegetable oil you feed to your children is doing the same to them.
You are eating ‘vegetable oil’ because it is much cheaper to make food with oils that are chemically extracted from plant seeds than it is to raise and slaughter an animal or grow a coconut tree. And you are being told to eat it for your health by nutrition advocates who have been successfully and thoroughly hoodwinked by the food industry.