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What’s the Difference Between Omega Fatty Acids: Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9?

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  Published on September 1st, 2021
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  Last modified August 30th, 2021
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Omega, omega, oh my! What’s the difference between omega-3s, 6s, and 9s? How can these fatty acids benefit your health? How do you know you’re getting a good balance between them? Let’s discuss the details of these  dietary fats. What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?All foods with fat contain a mix of different fats, and some fats are more prevalent than others. Your body can’t make omega-3 fatty acids, so they’re deemed essential, and you have to obtain these polyunsaturated fats from your diet. Polyunsaturated refers to the chemical structure. ‘Poly’ refers to many or more than one, and ‘unsaturated’ refers to double bonds. Omega-3 fatty acids have lots of double bonds. In the chemical structure, the position of the final double bond is three carbon atoms away from the tail end of the ‘omega’ of the molecular chain. This explains the name omega-3.The ratio of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6s matters. Eating less omega-3 fatty acids compared with omega-6s could be involved with inflammation and chronic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, and  diabetes. [1] Omega-3 […]…

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