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We all take in fat through our diet in many ways. From obvious foods such as beef, chicken, fish, soybeans, and salad dressing to less evident foods such as potato chips, cream cheese, and chocolate, we take in fat. Even in rice and wheat there is some fat. Fat is made from one molecule of glycerin and 3 molecules of fatty acids, and the type of fat can vary significantly depending on the fatty acid.
Although my explanation of fatty acids is simplified, natural fatty acids are shaped like a straight chain, strung together by carbon atoms, and are divided between saturated fatty acids, which doesn’t have double bonds, and unsaturated fatty acids, which has at last one double bond. Unsaturated fat can by further classified between omega 3 unsaturated fatty acids and omega 6 unsaturated fatty acids depending on the placement of the unsaturated bond.
The former, omega 3 unsaturated fatty acid is an α-linolenic acid, and is commonly found in fish, flax seed oil (linseed oil), and perilla oil. The latter, omega 6 unsaturated fatty acid is a linoleic acid commonly found in vegetable oils such as safflower oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, sesame oil, peanut oil, rice bran oil, wheat germ oil, evening primrose oil, grape seed oil, and canola oil. Please note that benign eicosanoids are metabolized from α-linolenic acids, included in the omega 3 group, while arachidonic acids, and then malignant eicosanoids, are metabolized from linoleic acids, included in the omega 6 group. This is the key point.
(From now on please distinguish linolenic acid from linoleic acid. The former has n between e and i.) The linoleic acid that accumulated on the cell membrane will first become γ-linolenic acid and then arachidonic acid, which will be metabolized into malignant eicosanoids, prostaglandin and leukotriene, and the body will overreact to a little irritation. In other words, the reason why so many people are getting allergy diseases is because of the excess arachidonic acid on cell membranes.
The most important thing in curing AD is to increase omega 3 fat intake and decrease omega 6 fat intake. Also, there is a lot of arachidonic acid in meats such as beef, lamb, and in particular chicken and pork, which don’t have a ruminant stomach, and you can get the ingredients of malignant eicosanoids from these. Therefore, you should limit meat in your diet.
However, as this country has been getting wealthier, people are starting to eat more Western foods that use more oil and meat, and the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 is getting smaller. This is a major reason why AD, asthma, and hay fever is so rampant. As a country prospers and the diet becomes more Western, the number of AD patients increases. In addition, when the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 in the blood for Japanese and Americans were compared, the ratio for Japanese was 1/4, while the ratio for caucasian Americans was 1/12, and the ratio for Americans in general was 1/16 (there are some researchers who argue that the ratio even reached 1/20 to 1/30), which shows how Americans consume ω６, and linoleic acid, much than ω３. As a result, Americans are more susceptible to lifestyle-related diseases (involving the heart and blood vessels), cancer, diabetes, allergic diseases, and rheumatism.
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