Is there an optimal ratio of polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and saturated fats?
We don’t all respond identically to the same inputs and they may not be just one “optimal” prescription for the human diet. Some experts recommend balancing the types of fats in our diets. Let's say there are 2 fatty acid balancing acts that our body seems to respond to:
- Balance of Total Fats
- Balance of Omega-6: Omega-3 fatty acids
Example: some researchers recommend that we maintain a low ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats. How? Take fish oil is one way to do it. Limit your intake of omega-6 found in vegetable oils and foods made with them. If you eat any nuts, seeds, or whole grains, you’re probably getting enough omega-6!
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting saturated fat to no more than 10% of calories.
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health point out, those who cut back on saturated fats and replaced them with PUFAs did enjoy a 20% reduction in their heart disease risk.
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