Omega-6 PUFAs

When I watched that video on seed oils which I shared a couple of weeks ago, the discussion on Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids stuck in my brain. It made me think about diet, inflammation and my blood glucose levels. It’s one reason why decided to go full carnivore, I was eating too many nuts (again!!!) which are high in Omega-6s.

Yet the video got me thinking about blood spikes in other instances. For example, I’ve got an amazing Nepalese restaurant nearby, and you can watch them cook your food. Although, I’ve seen ghee in the kitchen, they also have squirt bottles full of, and I’m guessing here, some nondescript vegetable oil. Whenever I got a curry from this restaurant, which was a rarity, I could expect a glucose spike. I assumed it was from the sauces, which I mainly avoided when I ate their curry. I wonder now if the seed oil was the main culprit.

Then I came across someone discussing corn-fed chicken last week. Unfortunately, I can’t find the article or video now. It may have been Dr Berry, Dr Mercola or Mark Sisson. Long story short, corn fed chicken is not that good for you. You end up eating a lot of Omega-6 PUFAs as a result. It doesn’t seem like the birds are getting proper nutrients either. This is from LIvestrong:

In general, grain-fed chicken meat is lower in omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid, magnesium, calcium and potassium compared with free-range chicken meat. Feeding chickens primarily corn produces an imbalance of omega-3 fats to omega-6 fats in their eggs. Healthy ratios should be between 1:2 and 1:4, but corn-fed chicken eggs have a ratio of up to 1:20. Omega-3 fats are important for cardiovascular health because they reduce inflammatory reactions, but too many omega-6 fats negate their benefit. Additionally, free-range eggs are often higher in vitamin E and beta-carotene.

It made me think about the spatchcock poussins I used to eat. I thought it was the maltodextrin that was spiking my blood when I ate them. Now I wonder if it was the fact they are corn fed. Over here in the UK this is advertised as a good thing!

Conclusions

You learn new things all the time if you look. I was not thinking about PUFAs until that video started a brain worm. It’s made me reevaluate what kind of meat I’ve been eating. When it comes to chicken I’ll have to be more careful. Fortunately, I know what my chickens eat, and it’s not corn. In fact, they hate it!

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