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by 48 · September 10, 2014 at 2:18 AM

Is it possible that 3.5 oz of guacamole a day could break me out? I try to eat low omega 6...but not much grassed take CLO. How long does it take to correct a ratio if omega 3 and 6 is stored by the body...then even if taking omega 3...how will my... (more)

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Samuel_Pothier 0 · September 10, 2014 at 2:05 AM

My answer is going to be purely anecdotal, but maybe it'll give you some pointers.Since reading here and there that the desired ratio of Omega-6:Omega-3 for optimal health is argued to be 1:1, I tried yesterday to eat a diet vastly superior in... (more)

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by 0 · August 14, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Do you guys still take fish oil, or should it not be consumed? ,

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raydawg 0 · August 14, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Yes, I do take fish oil, in the form of krill and some salmon oil (less than 2g/day), but I also eat wildcaught fish 1-2x a week (salmon or sardines), and the occasional cod liver with its oil. The big danger with fish oil in capsules is of... (more)

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by 255 · April 23, 2014 at 8:33 PM

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 48 · February 26, 2014 at 2:19 AM

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 · February 16, 2014 at 4:44 PM

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 · January 06, 2014 at 5:44 PM

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 2293 · December 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM

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 121 · December 09, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Hi! Thanks for reading. I have a history of restrictive eating, and have been eating between 800-1200 calories for probably a year or so. I'm satiated on this much, but I feel the effects of low energy, dry skin, and thinning hair. (I used... (more)

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samc 0 · December 08, 2013 at 2:05 AM

Recently I've been trying to up my calories by upping fats, but am worried about the omega 3/6 ratio. Any suggestions? Don't worry about ratios, just eat food. When worrying keeps you from eating enough calories to keep your hair from... (more)

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by 353 · September 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

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 55 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Raw almond problems along with whole foods freshly ground almond butter problem details: Boy oh boy are raw almonds to die for! I've been keeping them in the house as an emergency food to ward of cheating. That worked for about 7 month with... (more)

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Sabertooth 0 · August 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

If the almonds are causing stress, weight gain, or potentially unexpected weight gain(regardless of whether they theoretically should or shouldn't be...), I would say --- remove them, and refocus all the stress/efforts towards finding a suitable... (more)

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by 514 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

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 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

My primary source of fat is a homemade ghee made from Kerrygold butter nowadays. Kerrygold has got a good n3-n6 ratio according to this Greenpeace Germany survey. I was wondering recently, what happens to butter's PUFA during some 30 minutes long... (more)

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greymouser 0 · June 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM

To some extent, yes, but PUFAs are always oxidizing. If you are concerned and to lessen the effect, simply cook at a much lower temperature. Butter melts in the sunlight, and you only need enough heat and enough time for the non-fat particles to... (more)

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by 289 · September 16, 2014 at 8:10 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

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 1649 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

This is less a question and more a tidbit of info for all you freaks (myself included). I emailed Chipotle to harass them about their bizarre choice of cooking oils (soy) and their response was a tiny bit promising. Here it is: Lindsay, Thanks... (more)

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bbode13 0 · March 20, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Too bad all their meat except the carnitas is cooked in soy oil! Maybe they will change that next

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by 1772 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

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 3280 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

From: http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/diet-prevents-heart-attacks "Another startling finding was that eating a Mediterranean diet including extra servings of nuts trims stroke risk by a whopping 46 percent, compared to eating a... (more)

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Mscott 0 · February 26, 2013 at 4:33 PM

This study's primary endpoint was a composite of stroke, myocardial infarction, and death from cardiovascular cause. Despite lowering stroke risk compared to the extra virgin olive oil group (3.1% v. 4.1%), the nut group had no difference in... (more)

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by 1772 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

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 15 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Can someone please explain why so many Paleo sites list Macadamia Nuts and Cashews as the most desirable and Walnuts as the least desirable? For instance, Whole9 lists Cashews, Hazelnuts & Macadamia Nuts as "best", Almonds, Brazil Nuts,... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · January 23, 2013 at 7:08 PM

You could obsess over total PUFAs and PUFA ratios, but just eat real food and don't sweat it. Nuts are real food. When you get into oils (not whole food, though mostly real), then you can analyze to your heart's content.

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by 69 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

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 95 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

What is the consensus on Undo's Oil? I purchased this supplement and then realized that the oils in the blend are not on the Paleo list.

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jake3_14 0 · December 13, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Do you mean Udo's Oil? If so, rest assured that Udo Erasmus would lend his name only to a high-quality product produced and packaged in a way that maintains the effectiveness of the oils from their original sources. I spoke with him in the... (more)