Lifestyle food habits affect the omega-3 and omega-6 EFA eaten by individuals. The habits lead to a wide range of EFA balance in body tissues. For BALANCE in health and wellness, THE TISSUE IS THE ISSUE.
Diverse lifestyle food habits – Omega-3 and omega-6 fats compete for storage space in the HUFA of tissues. The balance of omega-6 in HUFA can range from 15 to 85%. Ethnic food choices by Greenland, Japanese, Mediterranean, and American populations give a balance of omega-6 HUFA near 30%, 50%, 60%, and 80%, respectively.
Your food habits depend on what is available in your environment
Omega 3-6 Balance Scores for Food Oils – Pay careful attention to the 3-6 balance score of salad and cooking oils. Added food oils are the main source of excessive omega-6 intakes.
Balance Scores for Prepared/Processed Foods and other food groups – Be alert! The amounts of omega-6 added to processed foods have increased greatly in the last 60 years.
Updated August, 2017