Unbalances Omega-6 & Omega-3 Levels
Omega-6 and Omega-3 are polyunsaturated fatty acids but your body doesn’t have the enzymes to produce them therefore you must get them from your diet. A deficiency in these fatty acids can result in becoming sick. That’s why they’re labeled as “essential”.
Ideally, we should have a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 to stay healthy but the modern-day western diet is mostly high in omega-6 so staying balanced, is difficult. Omega-6 can be found in cooking oils, processed foods and you guessed it, nuts and seeds.
The typical American diet can have 10 to 25 times the necessary amount of omega-6. This can block our absorption of omega-3 as well as raise blood pressure and retain water.
Omega-3 is considered to be anti-inflammatory and omega-6 is considered pro-inflammatory so having a balance between the two is ideal.