With so many alternative health practitioners talking about essential fatty acids, it’s interesting to see how many of them don’t really know what essential fatty acids are. Most say something like “Omega 3s and Omega 6s are essential fatty acids”. This is an inaccurate statement.
By definition, there are only two essential fatty acids; alpha-linolenic acid (one of many omega-3 fatty acids), and linoleic acid (one of many omega-6 fatty acids). The body can convert these two essential fatty acids into all the other fatty acids the body needs, but the body is not always able to do this adequately for optimum health. For this reason, a wide variety of healthy fats are essential for optimum health.
For more on fat check out our article, FAT.