The papers are talking today about a new study on omega-6 fats. Seems scientists had been telling people with heart problems to eat lots of omega-6 fats. But this new study suggests maybe they were wrong. Omega-6 fats could be damaging hearts more than fixing them. Corn oil, soy oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil all provide overly high amounts of omega-6. These oils are used in mayonnaise, margarine, fast food and processed food.
Although we need some omega-6, if we mustn’t eat too much in relation to omega-3. Too much omega-6 can over-power the rarer omega-3s that are so essential to our health.
The omega-3 fats from cold-water fish, however, are still just what the doctor ordered.
This flip-flopping doesn’t worry kids much, but parents might feel perplexed…
Fats have such complex chemistry! Scientists are still sorting things out. But Cook Up A Story has the basics down for you. Its simple picture of how fats work in our body and what foods our bodies need for good health should stand up for a while in the face of new discoveries.
Balance is the key. It’s all good in moderation.