Omega-3 VS Omega-6 PUFAs
- You probably heard of omega-3 fats. Walk into any pharmacy or health store and you’ll see a wide selection of different omega-3 supplements. Omega-3 is a good form of PUFA.
- Found in ﬁsh, algae, plants and nuts, and it comes with numerous health beneﬁts.
- It naturally thins your blood, helping to improve circulation and improve your heart health, it helps ﬁght inﬂammation, supports brain function, and eases depression and anxiety. Studies have also shown that it helps signiﬁcantly with weight loss.
- Like omega-3s, omega-6 fats are also needed by your body in small quantities. But the problem is, the typical western diet contains far too many omega-6 fats compared with omega-3
- A high omega-6 to omega-3 ratio leads to inﬂammation, high blood pressure, depressed immune function, blood clots and sub-optimal brain function and development.
- Studies have also found a strong link of high dietary omega-6s to obesity.
Omega-3 And Omega-6 Ratio
- Ideally, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 in your diet should be 1:1 (i.e. 50% omega-3 and 50% omega-6). But the average American today consumes as much as 30 parts omega-6 and 1 part omega-3 (i.e. a ratio of 30:1!).
- This is largely because omega-6s are a lot more stable than omega-3s. Most forms of processing destroy omega-3 fats, leaving omega-6s intact.
Omega-3 And Omega-6 Ratio
- Where vegetables are naturally high in omega-3s, vegetable oils are high in omega-6 because the harsh chemical process used to extract these oils, ends up destroying the vegetable’s naturally occurring omega-3 fats.
- Grains and especially processed grains are high in omega-6 fats. Grains are mostly composed of carbs, which is bad enough, but they also contain bad fats, which adds insult to injury
Omega-6 And Grains
- Breakfast cereals, a staple in the western diet, are processed grains that are high in omega-6 fats.
- You can expect all processed carbs to contain far more omega-6s than omega-3s.
- but that should be the least of your worries when it comes to processed carbs.
- When you’re trying to lose man boobs, the carbohydrates in processed carbs and their effect on insulin is inﬁnitely more damaging than the omega-6:3 ratio
Grains And Manboobs
- It’s important to note that animals that are fed grains as opposed to grass-fed animals, are known to have a high omega-6:3 ratio in their meat.
- Grain-fed chickens as opposed to chickens that are fed ﬁsh or ﬂax meal, produce eggs that are much higher in omega-6.
Oils And Manboobs
- When looking at the different oils, soybean oil has an omega ratio of 7:1, and corn oil has a ratio of 46:1.
- Olive oil has a ratio of 3:1, which isn’t amazing, but it’s not that big a deal with olive oil, since only about 11% of it is polyunsaturated to begin with.
- Corn oil is over 50% PUFA, so a ratio here of 46:1 is utterly devastating! Avoid this oil at all costs!
Trans-fats – a whole different breed of fats
- Trans-fats used in processed foods are artiﬁcial fats that do not occur in nature.
- They are found in almost all processed foods, and in fried food prepared in fast-food outlets and restaurants.
- Examples include margarine, pastries, shortening, biscuits, donuts, cakes, pies, crackers, bread, popcorn, and typical fast food choices like fried chicken, burgers and fries
Prevalence Of Trans-fats
- The use of trans-fats is extremely widespread because they are so convenient and cost time. This makes them perfect for commercial use.
- See, the trouble with liquid oils is they are difﬁcult to transport, can’t be stored for long (they go rancid easy), and don’t add quite the right texture to your food (imagine cookies dripping with oil instead of having their usual soft creamy texture bought about of course, by the use of trans-fats).
- The trouble with natural saturated fats like coconut oil, butter and ghee, is they’re too damn expensive!
Dangers Of Trans-fats
- Trans-fats by deﬁnition, still have one or more double bonds. However, unlike in naturally occurring unsaturated fats, the double bonds in trans-fats have a trans conﬁguration.
- Where normal fats are very supple and pliable, trans fatty acids are stiff.
- Since synthetic trans-fats don’t occur in nature, your body doesn’t know how to deal with them.
- As a result the trans fats you consume can build up in your body and wreak havoc
Trans-fats And Gynecomastia
- Indeed trans-fats are known to lead to aggressive fat gain, heart disease diabetes and a multitude of inﬂammatory disorders, cancer and various other diseases.
- Unlike with Other types of nutrient that are known to be bad for you, there is no safe upper limit for trans-fat consumption.
- Even the slightest amount of trans-fat consumption is bad for you and this type of fat should be completely avoided.
Source: Gary Davidson – How To Lose Manboobs Naturally