Coconut oil throwing off Omega 6:3 ratio?
Posted 15 October 2012 - 07:10 PM
Also, when I go to look up the ratio of various foods (nuts, etc.), every website seems to give different information. Is there a resource with an accurate table of these ratios for common foods?
Posted 15 October 2012 - 07:47 PM
a) I think you are either confused or typoed:
Did you mean omega 3s?
imagine my surprise when I learned that coconut oil (and milk and butter) contains ZERO omega 6's.
You're over-thinking this.
It's not only the ratio of n3s and n6s important, but the overall quantity. PUFAs are incredibly delicate and very quickly oxidize, so minimizing your exposure to BOTH types of PUFAs is ideal. Note that these are also essential, so you still need to eat SOME, but in this case more is not better.
Most cooking oils/fats are not 100% one type of fat. Butter is ~50% saturated and 50% unsaturated, similar ratios for lard. In contrast, coconut oil is almost 100% saturated, which means that it doesn't have ANY PUFAs in it, n3 OR n6. From a perspective of trying to limit PUFAs, coconut oil is a great choice.
In regards to the butters, in that 50% of unsaturated fats, the ratio of n3 to n6 is going to be MUCH more favorable than butter from conventionally raised cows.
Now...having said all that...if you cut out seed oils, grains, processed foods, legumes, etc from your diet, you have limited your exposure to the largest sources of PUFAs and n6s out there. You do NOT have to track this stuff. It'll all work out. Concerned about your n3 intake over the last month? swig some fish oil, eat some wild salmon. Don't worry about it! We're trying to undo unhealthy relationships with food, not replace them with new neuroses
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