Eat Too Many Nuts and Seeds and This Can Happen

Unbalances Omega-6 & Omega-3 Levels

To be fair, most of us already have unbalanced levels of omega-3 to omega-6. The latter is found in cooking oils, processed foods, and yep, nuts and seeds. The former is also contained in nuts and seeds as well as many types of fish. Both omega-3s and omega-6s are classified as essential fatty acids, meaning that our bodies don’t produce them naturally and must be received from our diets.

To use them optimally, though, we need much less omega-6 than omega-3. Unfortunately, the typical American diet contains about 10x to 25x times the necessary amount of omega-6s. That can block our absorption of omega-3 as well as raise blood pressure, facilitate blood clots that can be fatal, and cause the body to retain water. Omega-3s are also known to be anti-inflammatory, which may prevent disease, while omega-6s are pro-inflammatory, which sets up an environment ideal for disease to flourish.

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