Voluntary food choices create proportions total tissue HUFA with 25% to 85% omega-6 Hufa. Information about EFA contents in foods is needed to make informed choices.
Diet Balance--> Tissue Balance--> Eicosanoid Balance
Each of four separate types of EFA in the diet contributes differently to the balance among tissue HUFA. 1-18-carbon omega-3 PUFA, 2-18-carbon omega-6 PUFA, 3-20-and 22-carbon omega-3 HUFA, 4-20-and 22-carbon omega-6 HUFA.
EFA in Food Oils
Pay careful attention to the EFA content of salad and cooking oil.
Omega-6 in USA foods increased greatly in the 20th century.
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Slideshow for Dietitians Montreal,2002
The 2002 ISSFAL Meeting had a discussion with professional dietitians about diet-tissue-disease relationships involving EFA and eicosanoids. A distance learning website and an interactive food choice program were described to aid dietitian education and diet counseling. (Expect long download time for those with slower modems of 56 kbps)
Free Software to Choose Foods
An interactive computer program KIM (Keep It Managed), manages EFA contents of over 9,000 food servings,fitting them to each persons taste and lifestyle.
NIH Special Interest Groups
(Laboratory of Membrane Biochemistry   and Biophysics)
(International Society for the Study
of Fatty Acids and Lipids)
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