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Reducing Omega-6 Consumption in Our Diets

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Omega-6 oils are something that we must decrease the amounts of in our daily diet, cutting back on certain foods can help this process. Omega-6 is found in foods we eat everyday, mainly processed foods, and the oils that are from the omega-6 are not generally good for our health, so reducing consumption of these common products and learning some easy tips can help us lead better and healthier lifestyles.

If you like cereal, you might want to consider changing cereal to oatmeal in the mornings or using a cereal that contains flaxseed. Most cereals are high in the omega-6 oils, which if eaten everyday can become a very unhealthy habit.

If you love to eat salads like most people do, the dressing you use probably also contains high amounts of omega-6 oils, which can end up causing more harm than good. If you are a lover of salad, you might want to consider making your own salad dressing at home using olive and canola oil which turns out to be a healthier and tastier dressing.

We all love our fast-food, and yes it is a quick and easy dinner or lunch when we are tired or on the go, but all fast-food contains very high levels of the omega-6 oils, mainly because so much of the fast-food is processed and imitation of real meats. If you want to cut the omega-6 oils out of your diet in order to get healthier, think of maybe only getting that cheeseburger and fries once a month instead of once a week. You do not have to cut out the fast-food entirely from your diet, because it is pretty good tasting food, but try to limit how much and how often you are consuming it due to the caloric-intake as well as the high omega-6 seed oils.

It is summer and people love to grill-out during this time of year, making burgers and hot-dogs and eating potato chips. Potato chips are fine to eat but you need to be looking for the chips that are fried in canola oil instead of the cottonseed, soy, or sunflower oil. Those are the bad omega-6 oils and even though they might taste wonderful, your body is getting beat up as you munch on them. If you just look for the bag that has canola oil made in it, you will be doing your body a lot of good, and you can not really even taste or notice a difference in the chips themselves.

Walnuts are a nut that is very high in the omega-3s, and although omega-3 is not bad for you, too much of it can be. If you like nuts to snack on while at work or out on the road, try getting almonds or pecans, because they have a better nutritional value and do not contain the high level of omega-3 or omega-6 oils.

You always need to look at your food labels when you are buying grocery products and are looking to decrease your omega-6 consumption. By looking at food labels, you are becoming more aware of the ingredients and are able to tell if something is processed or not processed. Most processed food says hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils as an ingredient listed, which are bad for you and more importantly are the bad omega-6 oils.

If you are looking for an omega-3 supplement in order to get your recommended fish oil nutrients, it is important to read the bottle to make sure it does not contain both the omega-3 and omega-6 oils. Putting both of these products together will usually mean the bottle says “complete omega,” which is not something you need. If you are wanting to use a supplement to get fish oil, pick omega-3 fish oil and not a complete omega supplement.

If you like to eat fish, and important tip for you to remember is to avoid farmed-fish. You should be eating fish and fish products that come from the ocean and lakes, not from a farm. Typically farmed-fish are fed with soy products and soy products are also not good for you if taken in too much.