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    Hi Everyone,

    I have been focused on achieving a 1:1 ratio for omega 3: omega 6 but I recently read that it is wise to try to limit both. I haven't been able to find any quantitate daily recommendation for omega 6. Has anyone read anything about this? Sorry if this has been covered but I couldn't find it on the blog or in the forums.

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    I think Kurt Harris has the best advice on this. He recommends no more than 4% of total calories to be from PUFA (all sources combined, n6+n3 and all others). On a 2000 calorie diet, this would be 80 calories; approximately 9 grams of fat. So if you're aiming for 1:1, you want 4.5 grams as MAXIMUM from omega 6. This means no poultry and no nuts in effect, unless they are in very small amounts. Of course I couldn't tell you in good conscience not to ever eat chicken skin again. Just make sure to up your omega-3 intake slightly and have some lower PUFA days afterward to compensate.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by befitby40
      wouldn't limiting omega 3 & 6 be CW low-fat dieting? aka Not primal
      No. You should be getting the vast majority of your fat intake from monounsaturated and saturated soruces, not polyunsaturated.

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      • #4
        Thanks so much. That is exactly what I was looking for!

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        • #5
          As yodiewan said - about 4% would be good. I can usually get there, but it requires no chicken (except maybe breast meat - which is close to vegetarian in my book) and very little pork. When I do go over, it's from cashews or almonds. I just supp with fish oil to help balance it out.
          People too weak to follow their own dreams will always try to discourage others.

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