|MadSci Network: Biochemistry|
Flaxseed oil, also known as linseed oil, has a very high level of alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3 fatty acid). This is exactly the omega-3's found in fish. One teaspoon of flaxseed contains about 2.5 grams, equivalent to more than twice the amount most North Americans get through their diets. It also does contains omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid). Omega-6's are the same healthy fats found in vegetable oils. Both of these essential fatty acids are very healthy fats. The "good and bad intake ratios" is pure nonsense. No acceptable research has shown any ratio to be detrimental. True vegetarians (non-flish eaters) may get very little, if any, omega-3's and a great deal of omega-6's, and they are, in general, a quite healthy subgroup of the total population..
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