It’s no surprise that you need to come to a non-profit website like WellWise to learn that the balance between omega 6 and omega 3 in foods is completely lost. The Big Food companies are making only minor efforts to make the healthy choice for their consumers, or to disclose the food facts so that we can make our own intelligent food decisions. At best, Big Food thinks they are doing a great job by taking trans fats and cholesterol out of our foods. But the executives and lawyers at Big Food also know that consumption of foods with omega 6 is out of control, and that it is killing us.
Not surprisingly, the fats and oils which Big Food feeds to their customers is a TRADE SECRET. The frying oil blends and vegetable shortenings are secret formulations. It's just mind boggling that the food facts about omega 3, 6 and 9 are not disclosed, while the unbalanced ratio between the omega oils is the most important cause of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. (WellWise explained on the Omega 6 Benefits page how over-consumption of omega 6 foods is causing all these inflammation diseases.)
Healthier omega 3 canola oil blend now used in McDonald’s foods
Take French fries. McDonalds switched to a much healthier Canola Oil Blend in 2008 for their foods. Unfortunately, they never disclosed how much of the good canola oil is in their blend. They list on their website that the fries are:
Elsewhere on their site they state: “We use a Canola blend cooking oil, which does contain some soybean oil. “
There seems to be some contradiction between these McDonald's statements, because the first says they use corn oil, and then they say it’s not in the blend they use. The fact that they use canola oil – rich in omega 3 – is a good thing. The fact that they blend it with hydrogenated soybean oil is very bad.
Burger King foods with omega 6 are a mystery
Burger King is even more spars in their omega 6 food disclosures (August 2011):
To ask the store manager about omega 6 in their foods won’t be of much help. You should count yourself lucky if he can say something about trans fats or cholesterol. Omega 6 will be way over the head of your local McDonald’s chef cook.
Despite all the vague statements from Big Food, there are 10 things you can do to reduce your consumption of foods with omega 6: Continue reading