Vegetable oils are usually highly processed with chemicals, come from genetically modified crops, and overconsumption can lead to an imbalanced omega 6 to omega 3 ratio.
Excessive omega 6 fatty acids, with a deficiency of omega 3 fats, creates an imbalanced ratio, which supports an inflammatory cascade in the body, increasing the risk of chronic diseases.
Diseases from Inflammatory Oils
- Autoimmune disorders
- Mood disorders
- Eye damage
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
It’s important to note that omega 6’s are also essential and therefore the form in which we get them matters. Whole-food sources of omega-6 unlike vegetable oils come packaged with other nutrients. These include nuts, seeds, eggs, avocado, and pastured meats.
Oils to Limit or Avoid
- Soybean oil
- Canola oil
- Cottonseed oil
- Sunflower oil
- Safflower oil
- Peanut oil
- Corn oil
Oils to Opt For
- Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Olive Oil (don’t heat over 350°)
- Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Avocado Oil
- Virgin, Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
- Grass Fed Butter or Ghee
Tips for Picking EVOO
I do want to mention that picking an extra virgin olive oil can be tricky! Always look for a country of origin, as there should only be one. If there is multiple you can be less sure that it is pure EVOO.
Lastly, check your cupboards, especially for packaged goods for these oils, and remember it’s not about perfection, it’s about what we choose the majority of the time, creating sustainable healthy habits, and staying open to learning along the way.
If you want to know what your ratio is, reach out, it’s a simple test that can tell us so much about any hidden inflammation you may have, and prevent disease! We’re always happy to help you with ways to squelch that inflammation and create health!
It’s about balance friends… let’s bring those ratios back into balance!
– Becky & Jeff Witt
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