Too Much Omega-6 Can Cause Obesity
Eat Wild
Sunday, August 29, 2010

“Omega-6 is like a fat producing bomb...”
So said French researcher Gerard Ailhaud, commenting on the results of a new study showing that Description: Description: micemice fed the amount of omega-6 fatty acids present in the modern western diet grow fatter and fatter with each succeeding generation.

In the picture shown, the mouse on the left was raised on the high levels of omega-6 fatty acids and low levels of omega-3 fatty acids typical of the American diet.

In addition to being grossly overweight, it has the warning signs of diabetes.

The healthy mouse on the right was raised on standard mouse chow. The two mice got equal amounts of exercise.

The mice are the fourth generation to be raised on the two types of diet.

Too Much Of An Essential Nutrient
Omega-6 fatty acids are essential for health, but the amount consumed by most Americans increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, and cancer.

Omega-6s are most abundant in vegetable oils such as corn oil, safflower oil, and cottonseed oils. (Olive oil is low in omega- 6 fatty acids.)

Few people realize that grain-fed animals are also a major source of omega-6s. Meat and dairy products from animals fed a high-grain diet, which is the typical feedlot diet, have up to ten times more omega-6s than products from animals raised on their natural diet of pasture. 

This study suggests that if we switch to food with a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, we will be leaner and healthier, and so will our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Massiera, F;  Barbry, P; Guesnet, P; Joly, A; Luquet, S; Brest,, CM; Mohsen-Kanson, T; Amri, E and G. Ailhaud. A Western-like fat diet is sufficient to induce a gradual enhancement in fat mass over generations. Journal of Lipid Research. August 2010. Volume 51, pages 2352-2361.

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