It’s recommended that you include in your diet foods that have a good balance of omega 3s and omega 6s, like walnuts, chia, wild salmon and herring.
If you ask what an omega 3 fat is, we’d probably tell you that it’s a good thing and that salmon is packed with it. When it comes to omega 6 and omega 9 fats, however, unlike those omega 3s, there might be a little more confusion. Here’s what you need to know, courtesy of YouBeauty
Omega 3s and some omega 6s are “essential” fatty acids – that is, you need to ingest them from food because your body can’t produce them (whereas all omega 9s CAN be produced by the body).
Omega 3s have been shown to help with inflammation, eye health, brain health and heart health.
We should get roughly the same amounts of omega 3s and omega 6s from our diets – but in reality, we get a lot more omega 6s, which may actually cause inflammation and other health problems.
While it’s hard to tell exactly how much of each we’re getting from day to day, it’s recommended that you include in your diet foods that have a good balance of omega 3s and omega 6s, like walnuts, chia, wild salmon and herring – and cut back on or avoid those that are heavy on the omega 6s, like many packaged snack foods, safflower oil and most non-trans fat margarines.
Find more omega 3- and omega 6-balanced foods in this list
from YouBeauty. Many of these ingredients can be found at your favorite restaurants as delicious Healthy Dining dietitian recommendations. Here are just a few menu choices rich in omega 3s to try: