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How does cooking or storage affect omega-3 fatty acids?

Polyunsaturated oils, which include omega-3 fatty acids, are very sensitive to heat, light, and air. If exposed to any of these elements for too long a period, they can become rancid. The scientific term for rancid is oxidation. If fatty acids turn rancid, they not only develop a smell and a different taste, but the nutritional value is also diminished. In addition, oxidation of fatty acids creates free radicals. These free radicals are thought to play a key role in degenerative diseases and the risk of developing cancer.

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