Grains are almost single-handedly responsible for the removal of omega-3 fatty acids in the modern diet. That’s right, those little fats that have been getting tons of press lately are as important as suggested, and maybe even more so. There have been over 2000 studies done on omega-3 and for good reason: the omega-3s in our diet (or the lack thereof) have massive implications on our health. It all boils down to ratios: the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in your diet is so crucial, it goes down to the cellular level.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Essential!
Here’s the breakdown: There are certain fats that we need to get from our diet, called essential fatty acids, and they are used for many different things in our bodies. One of the big ones is the way they make up our cellular membranes. We have something called a phospholipid (phosphate + fat) bi-layer that makes up our individual cell walls. The lipid part is made out of a delicate balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats. More