Q: Isn’t olive oil as healthy as linseed (flax) oil?
A: Olive oil isn’t a good source of omega-3
Extra virgin olive oil is a good traditional food, rich in poly-phenols and antioxidants. Its fatty acid profile is mainly omega-9, a significant amount of omega-6, and very little or no omega-3.
Linseed (flax) oil a good source of omega-3
Linseed oil is mainly omega-3 which is the essential fat most of us need more of. Adding linseed oil to your diet is an easy way to improve your omega-3 levels.
Linseed oil a good balance of omega-3 : omega-6
Balance of omega-3 to omega-6 is important. No matter how much olive oil you consume it won’t contribute to a healthy omega-3 : omega-6 balance.
Because linseed oil contains far more omega-3 than omega-6 you don’t need very much of it to re-balance your diet.
Try adding Flax Farm linseed oil to olive oil in equal quantities to give you a good balance of omega-3 and 6.
Linolenic acid, Linoleic acid, Oleic acid,
Omega-3, 6 and 9 are the fatty acids most commonly spoken of. Omega-3 and 6 are essential, your body can’t make them. However your body makes Omega-9, oleic acid from other foods when needed; so omega-9 isn’t called essential.