OMEGA 3 AND THE INDIAN DIET

Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are essential nutrients that play critical roles in ensuring good health. Omega 6 fatty acids promote inflammation, in contrast to Omega 3 fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory. Maintaining a balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 is essential for good health.

The ideal ratio of Omega 6: Omega 3 is believed to be 4:1 or lower. However, many diets, including most Indian diets have a ratio of 15:1 or higher. This is because most vegetarian foods, such as oils used for cooking, fruits, vegetables and nuts common in the Indian diet contain higher Omega 6 than Omega 3. Omega 3 rich sources, such as seafood and flaxseed are not part of conventional Indian diets.

This imbalance is believed to increase the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease. Ensuring adequate intake of Omega 3 is essential for optimal health.
If you’d like more information on the Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio, you can take a look at our related articles:
Decoding DHA: http://qmbi8.hosts.cx/blog/cat/healthy-living/post/Decoding_DHA/
Omega 3 basics: http://qmbi8.hosts.cx/blog/cat/healthy-living/post/omega-3-basics/
Understanding essential fats: http://qmbi8.hosts.cx/blog/cat/healthy-living/post/Omega_3_to_Omega_6_ratio/

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