Can I eat nuts on Paleo and keep my omega 6:3 ratio healthy? Is eating Paleo driving you nuts?
There’s been a lot written about eating nuts on Paleo and keeping your omega 6:3 ratio in the healthy ranges in the Paleosphere so I decided not to re-invent the wheel on this one. Julianne Taylor did a pretty good job of explaining how and why it can be a bad idea and how sometimes “eating Paleo while drive you nuts.”
Most nuts are high in omega 6 fats. Hopefully this helps you.
Here’s a little excerpt from her blog post:
“Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids are 2 different classes of polyunsaturated fats. They are both important, because they are made into powerful regulatory hormones. Omega 6 fats are primarily converted into a range of pro- inflammatory hormones and omega 3 into anti-inflammatory hormones. Perhaps it would help to think of the analogy of hot and cold taps, hot being omega 6 and cold being omega 3. We need a balance of hot and cold to get the right temperature. Due to the abundance of omega 6 in our diets from chemically extracted vegetable oils, and a lack of food sources of omega 3 like cold water fish and grass fed / wild meat we have an imbalance. An ideal ratio is 4:1 up to 1:1 of omega 6 to omega 3. This is a long way from the standard American diet which gives 20:1. Imagine the hot tap (inflammation) on full and the cold tap (anti-inflammation) on a dribble. Inflammation is rampant.”
So grabbing a snack of nuts on Paleo will increase your omega 6:3 ratio into unhealthy ranges. It’s okay to eat some occasionally but be wise.