EAT THE RIGHT POLYUNSATURATED FATS.txt
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EAT THE RIGHT POLYUNSATURATED FATS

Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that 
North Americans and Europeans eat a diet that increases their 
chances of suffering heart attacks.

 
Polyunsaturated fats are classified by chemical structure as omega-3 
and omega-6. Omega-6 fats increase swelling and clotting that cause 
heart attacks, strokes, arthritis and even may be important in 
affecting attention deficit disorder (1). Omega-3 polyunsaturated 
fats reduce swelling and prevent these diseases.

Soybean and canola oils have a healthful ratio of omega-6s to 3s, 
but most North Americans and Europeans eat oils converted to 
cancer- and heart attack-causing partially hydrogenated oils that 
are used in most convenience foods. Our diet is also heavy in meat 
and milk, which contain omega-6s, causing our diet to have a 12 to 
1 ratio of omega-6s to 3's, rather than the more healthful 2 to 1 
found in a diet rich in unrefined plants. Omega-3 fatty acids are 
found in deep-water fish, shellfish, seeds such as flaxseeds, beans 
such as soybeans, unrefined grains such a wheat, and vegetables such 
as corn.

1)WE Connor. Importance of n-3 fatty acids in health and disease. 
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2000, Vol 71, Iss 1, 
Suppl. S, pp 171S-175S. 

2) TAB Sanders. Polyunsaturated fatty acids in the food chain in 
Europe. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2000, Vol 71, Iss 1, 
Suppl. S, pp 176S-178S. 

3) PM KrisEtherton, DS Taylor, S YuPoth, P Huth, K Moriarty, 
V Fishell, RL Hargrove, GX Zhao, TD Etherton. Polyunsaturated fatty 
acids in the food chain in the United States. American Journal of 
Clinical Nutrition, 2000, Vol 71, Iss 1, Suppl. S, pp 179S-188S.

4) M Sugano, F Hirahara. Polyunsaturated fatty acids in the food 
chain in Japan. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2000, 
Vol 71, Iss 1, Suppl. S, pp 189S-196S 

Checked 5/3/07