Seriously not enough information on food labels about this. And also hard to find on the internet.
Is there any web site with good information about the omega 6 and omega 3 ratio in food? Or a simple way to find it myself by analysing the food labels? I find food labels are starting to put "contains omega 3", which is great, but without knowing how much omega 6 is in there also, it's pretty useless information.
The reason I am asking is related to another thread I started here a few months back when I changed my diet;
I was losing weight at a steady rate of 1-2lb per week, but after a while I noticed I was getting really sore inflamatory acne. usually I would get the odd blemish but I could get rid of it easy and have clear skin for a bit before the next one. But for the last few months I have consistenly got break outs of this inflamatory type. After ruling out it being a change in moisturoiser, facial wash etc. I was stumped because surely it couldn't be my diet as I had cut out alot of "junk" food and replaced it with fresh foods like nuts, fruit and vegetables.
Then as I was chomping on a handful of Almonds and complaining about not understanding what is goin on with my skin, the OH pointed out the obvious; I have been eating WAY more nuts (almonds, walnuts etc.) than I used to and maybe thats what has messed my skins oil balance up.
I rarely ate nuts before. But I was eating an average of 40grams of raw nuts daily for the last few months. They're a great snack and didn't stop my weight loss. In fact it seemed to improve it since I had a decent snack that kept me satisfied. I even researched nuts effect on diets and found that because they were full of "good fats" they helped your body burn the "bad fats".
But when she pointed it out it made sense because they were the biggest change to my diet and I've already ruled out the external potential causes.
So I started researching nuts in relation to acne and found that nuts are incedibly high in Omega 6, which is linked to all types of side effects when we have too much of it. Acne being one. Add to that I had slacked off on taking cod liver oil (omega 3) supplements and it was obvious it was something to do with these fats.
So the last couple of weeks I cut down on my nut intake and started taking fish oil supplements again to try get my Omega 3/6 ratio in better condition, and it seems to have worked.
After 3/4 months of consistent inflamatory acne, I have cleared up in the last week and my skin feels much less oily. I haven't changed my washing schedule or products, so I am pretty sure it was because my Omega 3/6 ratio was messed up with way too much 6.
But all this research has brought me to the fact that the average persons diet in Ireland is probably way too high in Omega 6 to Omega 3. And if you google this you'll find the problems related to it are serious and do affect a large number of people in Ireland (depression, bi-polar, heart desease and many more).
So I want to be able to track my ratio of omega 3/6 like I do my calories so I can get my ratio into the healthy 4/1 range. But I'm finding it hard to get the info on all the foods. It's easy to find the info about cooking oils and nuts etc. But beyond that I can't find it for most other food including fruits and meats.
Anybody that can help?