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by 245 · about 15 hours ago

How solid is the evidence behind omega 3-6 balance and it's importance? It seems to me unrealistically difficult to get a good balance from whole foods, even when consciously attempting to limit 06. I don't even hit 1/5 ratio without... (more)

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Methodician 0 · April 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

I'm actually in roughly the same boat as the OP. Ever since going paleo I've bordered on obsession with my n6:n3 ratios + total PUFA levels and yet find it nearly impossible to approach 1:1 or even 4:1 with a whole foods diet unless nearly... (more)

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by 58 · about 15 hours ago

So, I've been eating more nuts and seeds than usual and don't want my skin to react...should I up my omega 3s to counteract it? I'm going to immediately stop eating so many. I just hadn't eaten them in so long and went crazy! I was just... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · February 26, 2014 at 1:52 AM

I asked this question of a cardiologist who was doing one of the Paleo podcasts. He was talking about the fact that in ancestral times the daily intake of O3 to O6 was about equal, and the intake of O6 was about 50 mg. So the question I asked... (more)

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by 0 · about 15 hours ago

Hi, First question here it is, Any knowledge about the breakdown of fats found in Wild Venison (deer?) It is described as being very 'lean' and much lower in fat than lamb, beef etc, however is there any knowledge out there as to... (more)

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glib 0 · February 16, 2014 at 4:44 PM

find these numbers in the eat wild pages.

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by 2626 · about 15 hours ago

A very common paleo claim is that mainstream vegetable oils are inevitably rancid (or at least so commonly rancid that they're dangerous to eat). There's also much speculation about the oxidation of omega-3s. Can anyone point me to empirical... (more)

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thhq 0 · January 06, 2014 at 11:54 AM

A few years ago I was looking for inexpensive replacements for paraffin used to make agricultural wet pack boxes. Waxes made by hydrogenating vegetable oils were marginally acceptable (more dense and brittle than paraffin), waxes made from... (more)

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by 2318 · about 15 hours ago

My mother in law uses vegetable oil (Crisco brand made from soybeans) to cook everything. She is Chinese and insists on using it despite us asking her not to. We have even purchased other options (coconut oil, lard, even high oleic... (more)

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Matt_61 0 · December 10, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Once or twice a week isn't going to be THAT detrimental. But it depends on why you're paleo really. If you're dealing with some pretty bad inflammation then it would help to avoid it. You could always make sure you're getting enough omega 3 to... (more)

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by 353 · about 15 hours ago

Being paleo for over 3 years I have progressively worked towards reducing omega 6 fat intake and improving the 6:3 ratio. At the same time I have developed a dermal rash I can not get rid of. Might there be a small amount of omega 6 fats we should... (more)

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daz 0 · August 30, 2013 at 4:58 AM

I came to same conclusion a while back (ie. you Can go too low with n6). I went over board in reducing omega-6's & my skin got drier & drier (& flakier). I have a feeling that this is only an issue for a minority of people. But,... (more)

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by 514 · about 15 hours ago

After searching home test kits, most sites say it is against NY law for home blood test kits to be sent to NY residents. I have also checked local diagnostic labs and they don't carry omega/fatty acid blood tests (I'm specifically looking for ones... (more)

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cavemanjoe 0 · August 12, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Is there a reason why you are seeking self-testing of blood fatty acids? Fatty acid blood tests are not indicated for the diagnosing of any diseases. Consider seeing a doctor for a medical issue that may have prompted you to do this. Fish oil has... (more)

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by 5 · about 15 hours ago

I have searched far and wide for this information and it is nowhere to be found. I'm looking for the omega 6 content in Crown Prince Brisling Sardines packed in water. On the box it does say there is 2g omega 3 per can, which is awesome, but I... (more)

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by 289 · about 15 hours ago

Admittedly I haven't read much actual research on this. I've seen some graphs on Chris Kresser's site showing a possible link between excess omega-6 and mortality. The little research I've seen seems to only mention extracted seed oils. Maybe... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · June 03, 2013 at 7:00 PM

It's harder to imbalance omega-6s and omega-3s when you're not consuming tons of extracted vegetable oils daily. Meat, veggies, olive or coconut oils... You'd be hard pressed to get worse than 10:1 o6:3. If it's a whole food, I don't think we... (more)

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by 154 · about 15 hours ago

As the title states, does an excess of omega 6 fats in and of itself cause inflammation, or rather does it simply facilitate an overly aggressive inflammatory response to harmful stimuli?

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Jay_9 0 · May 28, 2013 at 8:00 PM

It is complicated but probably not. That doesn't make it good though. In general, we know very little about surrogate markers for health, like markers for inflammation, so don't make assumptions regarding them. If omega 6 doesn't cause some... (more)

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by 1772 · about 15 hours ago

Hello. I've been reading some more Ray Peat lately, and am noticing that a lot paleo foods are high in omega 6. Avocado, nuts, eggs, pork, poultry and fish. I used to be under the impression that whole food sources do not pose a problem, but now... (more)

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Anon_17 0 · March 04, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Give it a try. Stop consuming any significant source of PUFA for 3 months and see what happens. What happened to me was that I lost weight, felt better, and almost all my health issues went away. Eggs are fine though, even Ray Peat eats them... (more)

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by 1772 · about 15 hours ago

Could someone please make sense of this article for me? I like tilapia because of its versatility, but reading this has made me think twice about purchasing. Can anyone decipher whether or not I should be worried about my tilapia... (more)

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Mark_36 0 · February 15, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Tilapia is a cheap farmed fish that is high in omega 6. In fish farming operations, tilapia are put in a tank after other, more desireable fish are removed in order to eat the waste products left over. "As bad as bacon" is about right, but not... (more)

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by 69 · about 15 hours ago

So going PALEO you almost instantly take a way out of normal omega 3 / 6 ratio and turn it around to a respectable level. I eat lots of pistachios. I eat tons of meat and fruit and vegetables. Eggs, use ghee or coconut for cooking oils. I do... (more)

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Jay_15 0 · January 05, 2013 at 4:08 AM

No harm IMO. Nuts and seeds come with the constituents that tend to make the O6 less problematic (like vitamin E). They are whole foods that were a significant source of food for our ancestors. The only thing I may be concerned about is how... (more)

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by 55 · about 15 hours ago

Hi all, I've only recently gone paleo. I feel much better and, interestingly, my occasional relapses have shown up what foods might have been giving me problems in my lower leg veins in the past. In this instance, my question is to do with omega... (more)

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by 1672 · about 15 hours ago

How much effort do you put into balancing the right dietary omega 3 to 6 ratio for yourself? Do you think about it like carb to fat to protein ratios? Food groups? Or just not at all?

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superdad 0 · December 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM

I don't think about it much either, i've stopped eating nuts just out of boredom really, i eat pastured eggs & eat 90% grass fed meat which is mostly lamb & beef, i eat mostly oily fish & I cook with ghee & lard. I'm sure i'm not... (more)

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by 85 · about 15 hours ago

This doesn't happen all the time, but I'm in college and had to go to the closest grocery store the other day to pick up enough meat to last me a couple of days. All the meat was conventional, of course, but there were also no lean meats. I've... (more)

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MiMintzer 0 · December 15, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Drain off the fat when you cook it.

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by 705 · about 16 hours ago

Our company cafeteria uses this frankenoil for frying that is 30% PUFA. I've been trying to convince them to switch to a low-PUFA fat like palm oil but they don't want to do that because of "the environment". They don't want to use tallow either... (more)

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Anon_15 0 · November 08, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Ray Peat explains this very well. The amount of polyunsaturated fatty acids often said to be essential (Holman, 1981) is approximately the amount required to significantly increase the incidence of cancer, and very careful food... (more)

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by 4029 · about 16 hours ago

I have read over and over that balancing out the omega fats ratio helps with inflammatory foods. Is there anyone with an understanding of biochemistry who can explain (go deep science jargon if you must) what is it in omega-3 fats that are... (more)

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Jeff__1 0 · October 23, 2012 at 3:06 AM

If you look at figure 2 here, you'll see that each side (o-3s and 6s) share enzymes that allow the fatty acids to be elongated into the usable EPA/DHA, etc. So that's a reason to keep them in balance, so one side doesn't win the tug of war, so to... (more)

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by 538 · about 16 hours ago

Apparently there is a different kind of flax seed called linola that has ~2% ALA and ~75% GLA the rest are SFA and MUFA. This different lipid profile has also added to its oxidative stability. None of the other nutrients were changed in quantity... (more)

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daz 0 · October 22, 2012 at 9:47 PM

as an update to my comment above. it looks like there is a product sold in Australia that contains Linola, tho its a snack for horses. "Linola Gloss contains ground Linola seed, Molasses, Psyllium Husks, Barley, Maize and other (secret) ... (more)

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by 47 · about 16 hours ago

What is the average consumption of omega 6 in the SAD and paleo diets? How much do you consume daily?

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Stefan_2 0 · September 02, 2012 at 9:45 PM

This graph suggests the typical linoleic acid and arachidonic acid intake in the USA is 9% of total calories. http://www.vrp.com/static/editorialImages/fish-oil-fig1.jpg Extensive USDA figures can be found here.... (more)

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by 94 · about 16 hours ago

Hi everyone, I follow a pretty strict PHD-like diet most of the time, minimizing my omega-6 and getting enough omega-3. It consists of grass-fed beef, wild salmon, pastured chicken, sweet and white potatoes, bone broth, lots of coconut oil, ghee... (more)

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Caveman_Kyle 0 · August 06, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I'd not worry about the occasional deviation from your strict regime/diet. As long as it's the exception, not the rule, the damage is likely minimal (if any at all). If you do want to 'balance it out' you'll need to calculate how much O6 you... (more)

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by 380 · about 16 hours ago

I occasionally use apricot kernal oil topically. Am I absorbing the omega-6's, and if so, how bad is it? I love coconut oil, but it is pricey, so I use the cheaper oil for non-cooking purposes. Thanks in advance.

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BoneBrothFast 0 · August 01, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Certain fatty acids are absorbed through the skin, yes. fatty acids absorbed in this way would be unlikely to cause inflammation like consuming an o6 heavy food or oil might.

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by 3509 · about 16 hours ago

What to do when you are at a place such as a friend's house or restaurant where they do not have the healthy oils that you would normally choose? Please do not tell me you should not eat, since you may have to choose between two evil things,... (more)

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Jack_Kronk 0 · June 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

high oleic means it's high in monounsaturated fat, not trigs. olive oil, mac nuts, avocado... these foods are high oleic.

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by 5381 · about 16 hours ago

Now theres that whole nitrate issue, but nitrates are naturally occuring in ground grown plants, and thats where most of the nitrates on our diet come from, so I dont really care that much TBH. But i am very hard trying to balance my omega-6/3... (more)

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Eric_12 0 · June 17, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Grass fed pork will have a slightly better ratio. To get your ratio high consider wild salmon twice a week and grass feed beef or bison the other days. And pastured eggs. Or some variation of that.

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by 2825 · about 16 hours ago

Over the past year I've been dealing with weird episodes of nausea/chills/bowel evacuation/insomnia that last for several hours, always at night. I started Paleo/GAPS to mitigate it while figuring out what it was. I was diagnosed w/ gallstones via... (more)

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Roth 0 · June 13, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I can't provide you with any scientific evidence or concrete answer to your question, but I have read anecdotal evidence that people who had their gallbladder removed do just fine on healthy saturated animal fats and PUFA-heavy fats (maybe lard... (more)

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