Posted by: low-fat | 2004/01/12

Omega 6 and 3 balance

Dear Dietdoc
I eat a very low fat diet and don't enjoy fatty foods at all. I avoid all fats really and am a vegetarian, although sometimes I eat chicken and fish--not often. I love dairy products, but eat all the fat-free versions. Sometimes I eat a little Melrose low-fat spread, but all the milk, yoghurt, cottage cheese I consume is fat-free. For this reason, I started taking omega-3-fatty acid supplement about 6 months ago - I plan to continue with this. However, I was wondering whether my body might be low on omega - 6 fatty acids (because of my dietary choices)? Please don't recommend I start eating these sources of fat, since I don't tolerate them at all well - and would prefer to take a supplement if necessary.

I look forward to your reply.

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Dear Reader
If you do not use any soft margarine or oils (olive, sunflower, canola, etc), then you may also have an omega-6 deficiency. The best supplement for this is Evening Primrose oil.
Best regards

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