Omega 6 Fatty Acids ….and the Genetic Obesity Timebomb

deep fried pizza is super high in omega 6 fatty acids
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Back in the day, your ancestors used to eat

  • Meat -i.e  beef, pork, chicken, fish, seafood, etc…
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Seed Oils
  • Water

Today, in addition to deep fried pizza,  we eat oodles of:

  • Processed meat
  • Processed vegetables…mostly deep fried potatoes of some variety
  • Processed fruit – mostly juice
  • Processed seed oil
  • Processed grains
  • Processed corn
  • Processed sugar
  • Next to no fiber
  • Next to no enzymes
  • and gallons and gallons of sugary soda

The result: An increasingly unhealthy & overweight population that would get it’s collective butt kicked by our ultra-fit Paleo ancestors.

And, according to the latest research, one of the worst aspects of our modern diet is our imbalance of Omega 6 fatty acids to Omega 3 fatty acids.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids ….and the Genetic Obesity Timebomb

According to this latest study, eating a diet that is high in linoleic acid (omega 6), and low in alpha-linoleic acid (omega 3) will result in the genetic inheritance of obesity & insulin resistance.

In other words…Continue eating those deep fried pizzas and your kids will be born fat & insulin resistant.

The Science

In this study, the researchers exposed several generations of male and female adult and young mice to a modern “Western” style diet high in Omega 6 and low in Omega 3 fatty acids, and then assessed the consequences of such a lipid environment in the human diet.

The test diet had an Omega 6 : Omega 3 ratio of 28:1.

With no other restrictions, the mice were allowed to go about their business. And four generations later, with no additional interference from the researchers, the great-great grandmice were compared to their ancestors.

And the comparison didn’t go well.

  • the researchers saw a gradual increase in fat mass over the four generations
  • they also observed the onset of  insulin resistance….
  • the expression of inflammatory genes associated with obesity, and….
  • the development of type 2 diabetes.

Conclusion

In a genetically stable population, exposure to a “Western” diet (high in Omega 6 : low in Omega 3) results in the emergence of transgenerational obesity, insulin resistance, systemic inflammation and a higher likelihood of becoming diabetes.

the human in the movie wall-e were victims of their own diet - they should have gone paleoSo, where do we go from here?

Option 1

  • Optimize your Omega 6 : Omega 3 ratio by going Paleo

Option 2

Option 3

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Reference

3 comments

  1. I’m not sure I get why a palaeo diet is the only alternative, or the only one of your 3 options that isn’t intended as a joke… a healthy mediterranean style diet, which includes “abundant plant foods, fresh fruit as the typical daily dessert, olive oil as the principal source of fat, dairy products (principally cheese and yogurt), and fish and poultry consumed in low to moderate amounts, zero to four eggs consumed weekly, red meat consumed in low amounts, and wine consumed in low to moderate amounts” (Dr Walter Willett) is also not going to make you obese.

  2. Great blog.
    I’ve recently started supplementing with Udo’s 3-6-9 and added fish oil (to increase Omega 3) and my workouts are finally starting to produce results. In the last year, I’ve shed most excess fat and I’m healthier and more fit than at any other time in my life (I turn 51 in two weeks). I credit the oils to helping turn the next corner in terms of fitness.
    I’ll keep following your blog.
    Cheers,
    Jason

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