Look for products that don’t include oils with high levels of omega–6 fats.
Packaged foods are full of soybean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil. These oils are high in omega–6 fats, which compete with healthy omega–3 fats in the body. (Omega–3 fats benefit your heart and may also keep you happy.)
Most nutrition experts say that Americans get too many omega–6 fats in their diets, mostly from processed foods. In fact, it’s quite difficult to find commercial salad dressings, mayonnaise, even crackers, breads, pasta sauces and granola bars that don’t include oils with high levels of omega–6 fats.
We went to the market to find some products in these categories that didn’t contain soybean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil or sunflower oils. Here’s a list of packaged foods you can feel good about eating when it comes to avoiding omega–6–rich oils:
This list is just a sampling/starting point. Choosing products that contain high–oleic versions of oils that are typically rich in omega–6 fats will also help you to cut back on omega–6 fats. These high–oleic oils are produced using plants that have been bred or engineered to have more monounsaturated fats and fewer omega–6s. Check the ingredients lists of your favorite brands—they too may be free of omega–6–rich oils.
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