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    I recall reading that for optimal health, the omega6:3 ratio should be approximately 4:1.


    Given that these are both polyunsat fats, hence should constitute a very small percentage of our kcal intake and the difficulty sourcing foods which have a desirable 6:3 ratio (I'm thinking of issues with eggs and the natural ratio in nuts), this would seem to be more easily obtainable.


    I wondered what people's thoughts were on the above recommendation and what ratio they were aiming for in their diet.


    Thanks.


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    Stephan has a good post about the topic:
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    It looks like a healthy ratio is between 2:1 and 1:4 n-6 to n-3. Some of these cultures ate a good amount of n-3 polyunsaturated fat, but none of them ate much n-6. There are three basic patterns that I&#39;ve seen: 1) low fat with low total n-6 and n-3, and a ratio of less than 2:1; 2) high fat with low total n-6 and n-3 and a ratio of 2:1 or less; 3) high fat with low n-6 and high n-3, and a low carbohydrate intake.</blockquote>


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    I think Stephan also recommends that n-6 should total no more than 4% by calories.

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    SS - thanks for the link - a good explanation.

    grandma - I must have missed that one, I&#39;ll check it out.

    cheers.


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