Essential fatty acids in health and chronic disease.

@article{Simopoulos1999EssentialFA,
  title={Essential fatty acids in health and chronic disease.},
  author={Artemis P. Simopoulos},
  journal={The American journal of clinical nutrition},
  year={1999},
  volume={70 3 Suppl},
  pages={
          560S-569S
        }
}
  • A. Simopoulos
  • Published 1 September 1999
  • Medicine
  • The American journal of clinical nutrition
Human beings evolved consuming a diet that contained about equal amounts of n-3 and n-6 essential fatty acids. Over the past 100-150 y there has been an enormous increase in the consumption of n-6 fatty acids due to the increased intake of vegetable oils from corn, sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, cottonseed, and soybeans. Today, in Western diets, the ratio of n-6 to n-3 fatty acids ranges from approximately 20-30:1 instead of the traditional range of 1-2:1. Studies indicate that a high intake… 
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