Chicken and eggs are the top sources of arachidonic acid in the diet, an omega 6 fatty acid involved in our body’s inflammatory response.
Images thanks to Prof. Teresa G. Fischer
, Inflammation isn’t always bad. When you get a splinter or cut yourself, the wound can get all red, hot, swollen, painful, pus-y. Inflammation can be your body’s way of fighting off infection, so we do need some arachidonic acid to trigger the inflammatory cascade, but we don't need to eat any since our bodies make all we need.
For carnivores like cats, arachidonic acid is an essential nutrient. Since they’re eating animals all day, they get it preformed in their diet so their bodies never needed to make any. We, however, evolved from plant-eating apes, and so we evolved to make it ourselves,
It’s like cholesterol. Your body needs some cholesterol, and so your body makes all you need. You have no need to take in extra through your diet, and in fact too much cholesterol is a bad thing. The same thing may be true with arachidonic acid.
If you want to try to stay away from the stuff, there are the top ten sources in the American diet. As you can see, overwhelmingly chicken and eggs. That’s why even semi-vegetarians can drop their levels down, though one would have to eat vegan to optimally minimize one's intake.
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