By: Ruth-Anne Penner
Both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important to our health. But modern diets tend to be too high in the omega-6 fatty acids, which can promote inflammation of tissues and lead to serious health problems. Many nuts, grains and vegetable oils are high in omega-6.
At the same time, our diets are commonly low in omega-3 fatty acids, which tend to be anti-inflammatory. The benefits provided by omega-3 fatty acids are thought to be valuable in helping avoid a wide range of diseases, including cancer, asthma, depression, cardiovascular disease, ADHD and auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Salmon and other “fatty fishes” are known for their high omega-3 content and are promoted as a means of balancing the omega-6:omega-3 ratio in our diets. The Modern American diets can be as high as 16:1 omega-6 to omega-3, especially for those who consume lots of fast food prepared with vegetable oils. The preferred ratio in the human diet is thought to be somewhere between 2:1 and 4:1.
Lamb, on the other hand, has been comapred to salmon, in their omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio. So in other words if you don't livein a region where fresh altlantic salmon is avaiable, lamb with be another very wise choice.
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Greek Lamb Marinade
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: Makes about 1/2 cups
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon bay leaf
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients and mix well. Use this marinade on all cuts of lamb. Plan on marinating chops and small cuts for about 4 to 5 hours. Large cuts (double recipe) like leg of lamb should be marinated for 8 hours to overnight.
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