The ratio of consumption of omega-6 to omega-3 is an indicator of a good diet. According to Afssa recommendations this ratio should be approximately 5, i.e. the diet should provide 5 molecules of omega-6 for each molecule of omega-3.
In reality, western diets favour omega-6 consumption to the detriment of omega-3. The mean ratio in France is 18, compared to up to 40 in the United States.
A poor ratio is believed to be responsible for obesity.
An omega-6/omega-3 ratio above recommended values is believed to promote obesity. © Mallinaltzin / Licence Creative Commons
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