As I’ve mentioned before, one of the great problems with the Western diet is an imbalance in fat intake. We’ve been oversold on the dangers of saturated fat as well as on the unqualified goodness of polyunsaturated fats. The true picture is more complex and nuanced. All saturated fat is not bad for you (see “Coconut Oil”, for example), and polyunsaturated fat is a large class of fatty acids with many members. Polyunsaturated fats include the proinflammatory omega-6s and the anti-inflammatory omega-3s. The balance between the two is essential to human health. It’s as simple as that.

We’ve heard much about the dangers of omega-6 fats, and how they contribute to inflammation. However, omega-6s aren’t, by themselves, bad for you. ...

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