The Western diet tends to be very low in foods containing omega-3 fatty acids. This has led to an increase in the consumption of saturated fat at the expense of the unsaturated fats and a deficit in the consumption of EPA and DHA.
A balanced diet consists of carbohydrates (sugars), proteins and lipids (fats), as well as minerals, vitamins and other trace minerals and water.
There are two types of fatty acids, the unsaturated (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated omega-3 and omega-6) that bring health benefits to the body and are mainly present in the vegetable kingdom and the Bluefish and the saturated (found mainly in animal fat and its by-products) and when taken in excess cholesterol increase and damage the cardiovascular system
If the consumption of foods containing these fatty acids long-chain omega-3s is insufficient, it is advisable to get them through food supplements.