All along, you've been told to consume omega-6 fatty acids - a type of unsaturated fat found in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils - in moderation. Now, the American Heart Association (ADA) is advising that you make sure you get an adequate intake of these fatty acids.
The AHA is concerned that there's a public perception that omega-6 fatty acids aren't as healthy as omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fatty fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel, when both omega-3 and omega-6 are polyunsaturated and therefore heart-healthy fatty acids.
Keep reading to learn more about why you should be consuming enough omega-6 fatty acids through diet to keep your ticket in tip top shape…
The AHA recommends that you get between 5% and 10% of your daily calories from omega-6 fatty acids
The AHA explains that like omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids are particularly beneficial to your heart when you use them to replace saturated fats or trans fatty acids in your diet.
The AHA recommends that you get 5% to 10% of your daily calories from omega-6-rih foods. Most people already consume omega-6 fatty acids every day via cooking oil, corn oil, nuts and salad dressings.
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Omega-6 fatty acids won’t promote inflammation and lead to heart disease, the AHA clears up
In addition, the AHA has issued guidelines to do away with the perception that omega-6 fatty acids won’t trigger inflammation or heart disease
, says William S Harris, the advisory’s lad author.
“We think that’s just a bad message,” says Harris, a senior scientist at Sanford Research at the University of South Dakota in the United States. “Our current intake of omega-6s is good for your heart health. It wouldn’t hurt for us to get more, but we shouldn’t be decreasing our intake,’ he adds.
Before making the recommendation, Harris and his team of colleagues examined a variety of research studies in humans and animals. The team concluded that getting 5% to 10% of your daily calories from omega-6 fatty acids – that’s about 12 g to 22 g per day – is safe. They also found that higher intakes of omega-6 fatty acids “appear to be safe and may even be more beneficial”.
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