After years of abstaining from fat—the most calorie dense macronutrient—new research suggests that fat should actually have a prominent place in your diet. This abrupt about-face has been difficult for many people to accept, especially after the U.S. government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans and other health authorities have hammered home the message that fat is public enemy #1 if you’re concerned about heart disease or are just trying to live a healthy lifestyle.
The food that you put into your body has an enormous impact on your overall health and wellness. The old adage “You are what you eat” offers vast wisdom in its simplicity. It may be easy to add fruits and vegetables into your diet, but other nutritional principles require a bit more explanation. Eating the right ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, for example, is essential to minimize inflammation, support vital body functions, and prevent chronic disease.
While both types of omega fatty acids are necessary for the body’s survival, they should exist in a ratio to one another. It is better to have more omega-3 fatty acids and fewer omega-6 fatty acids, since the latter has an inflammatory effect on the body. Ideally, you should eat just enough omega-6s to ensure all body functions are supported, then balance them out with plenty of omega-3s to reduce inflammation.