Pro-Inflammatory Omega-6s in Refined Vegetable Oils

Comparison of Omega-6 and Omega-3 Ratios in Cooking and Salad Oils

Inflammation is a factor in pain and chronic disease. The omega composition of corn, safflower, and cottonseed is heavily weighted toward pro-inflammatory omega-6 oils. Corn, safflower, and cottonseed oils, as well as refined flour which is also inflammatory, are used extensively in processed foods.If you are concerned about inflammation, you may want to read the labels of packaged and processed foods carefully.

Oil Ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 (Ideal is 3:1 to 1:1)
Flaxseed 1/4:1
Butter, Grass-fed animals 1:1
Walnut 5:1
Soybean 7:1
Butter, commercial 9:1
Olive 11:1
Sunflower 19:1
Palm 46:1
Corn 72:1
Safflower 186:1
Cottonseed 234:1

Source: Pathways4Health April 2001 Newsletter, Derived from Mary Enigs Know Your Fats

Note: These simply reflect omega-6 versus omega-3s. For a more complete picture and overview, see Table 2 that follows.