Monthly Archives: November 2012

Guide to Fats 4: Essential Fatty Acids: Omega-6

About omega-6 fatty acids Omega-6 fatty acids are polyunsaturated. They are made and stored in the seeds and nuts of hot-climate plants (e.g. sunflower and sesame). The main forms of omega-6 in our diet are linoleic acid (LA), gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and arachidonic acid (AA). LA and conversion LA is found in seeds, nuts, beans […]

Guide to Fats 3: Essential Fatty Acids: Omega-3

About omega-3 fatty acids Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated. They are found in cold-climate seed and nut oils, the brains of grass-fed ruminants, the oils of carnivorous fish and cold-water plankton. Little fish eat plankton; big fish eat little fish … and omega-3 travels up the food chain. The main forms of omega-3 are alpha-linolenic […]

Guide to Fats 2: Essential Fatty Acids: Overview

According to Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet (revised edition), our ancestors evolved eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, wild meats, fish, seafood, eggs, nuts and seeds. It provided a fatty acid profile of predominantly monounsaturated fats (omega-9), along with smaller quantities of saturated fat and the so-called 'essential fatty acids' (EFAs): polyunsaturated […]