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Aug 5, 2010
Grossly imbalanced fatty acid intakes is one of the most serious, but largely hidden, problems with the American diet.
Today, most people consume between 10 and 15 units of omega 6 fatty acids for each unit of omega 3, increasing the risk of a wide array of health problems from heart disease, to mental problems, infertility, degenerative lung disease, ADHD, depression, and vision problems.
A three-to-one ratio of omega 6s to omega 3s is far closer to nutritionally ideal and will require some major changes in dietary patterns.
Organic whole milk is one of the most affordable sources of omega 3s, and also lowers omega 6 intakes per serving of milk consumed.
Sources: Omega 3 levels in salmon and whole milk from the USDA "National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference"; typical whole milk and salmon prices, Internet search of multiple food price websites, July 26, 2010.