Oils for Children
The importance of unsaturated fatty acids in a child's diet
Compared to animals, humans are true late bloomers. The brain of most mammals reaches its full size in a few months' time, while it takes many years for the human brain to fully develop.
For a healthy development of the brain, the retina and nervous tissue, our body needs polyunsaturated fatty acids. These long-chain omega fatty acids serve as essential components for the entire organism. The body cannot produce them on its own, they need to be ingested with food. Especially children need a sufficient supply of unsaturated fatty acids in order to ensure a full development of the organism and the nervous system in particular.
The role of oils in a healthy development
In the course of the last century, dietary habits in the Western world changed drastically. The original 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids has shifted to 20:1 nowadays.
This imbalance results from regular consumption of ready meals, fast food and an unbalanced diet. The food industry mostly uses refined edible oils and fats in their production processes. For example, margarine often consists of hardened fats, mainly from sunflower oil, which leads to an increase of omega-6 fatty acids in the organism in the long run.
The functioning and metabolism of our cells depend on the balance between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids have inflammatory properties. At the same time, omega-3 fatty have anti-inflammatory effects. Both groups are needed for the functioning of the organism, but the right proportion is vital for our health. To ensure the full and healthy development of a child, a natural, balanced and diversified diet is very important. Excluding products with high amounts of carbohydrates, fast food and ready meals from the diet can help restore the original 3:1 (omega-6:omega-3) proportion. Choosing high-quality oils with omega-3 fatty acids is essential to achieve this goal.
It is crucial that the oil is made from high-quality raw products that are cold-pressed. Omega-3 fatty acids are very sensitive to oxidation and therefore should be kept away from UV radiation, oxygen and heat to maintain their beneficial characteristics. A number of oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and suitabe for children, such as flaxseed oil, camelina oil, chia oil, omega DHA oil, omega balance oil, hemp seed oil, rapeseed oil, walnut oil, wheat germ oil and mustard seed oil.