The importance of the ratio of omega-6:omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3s and omega-6s are two types of polyunsaturated fats. Both are required for the body to function, but they have opposite effects when it comes to the inflammatory response and cardiovascular health. Most modern diets are too high in omega-6 and too low in omega-3, often in the range of 15+ parts of omega-6 for every 1 part of omega-3.1

A ratio of omega-6:omega-3 fatty acids of 4:1 has been associated with a 70% decrease in total mortality,1 and with decreased ratios between 2:1 to 5:1 also have been associated with lower risks of common diseases.1 Importantly, these studies indicate that the optimal ratio may vary with the disease under consideration, but all ratios are lower than what is common in Western diets.

The body metabolizes common omega-3 fatty acids ALA and EPA into DHA at a rate of roughly 4%.2 So to achieve, for example, a 2:1 ratio of omega-6:omega-3 using DHA, the ratio of omega-6:DHA should be roughly 50:1 (2:1 omega-6:omega-3 ratio, where omega-3 is converted to DHA at 4% = 2/(4%), or 50:1).

Ripple contains 8mg DHA omega-3 and 350mg of omega-6 fatty acid in each serving of Ripple plant-based Half & Half. We have chosen those amounts based on scientific evidence. However, these studies have not been validated by the FDA for specific health claims, so Ripple makes no claim of a specific health benefit from our decision to use these ratios of fats in our plant-based Half & Half.

1 Simopoulus A.P., Biomed Pharmacother. 2002 Oct;56(8):365-79
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12442909

2 Gerster H., Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 1998;68(3):159-73
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9637947

Ripple Kids

Original Plant-Based Milk

48oz Milk

Developed with Pediatricians1 for Early Childhood Nutrition

Can smart choices really be delicious? We say ‘YES’! When you choose dairy free, you shouldn’t have to compromise on nutrition or taste. Now we’ve made something especially for your little ones.

Ripple Kids was developed with Pediatricians1 to deliver key nutrients specific for growing kids. In addition to the 8g of plant-based protein from peas, Ripple Kids has 50mg DHA, choline, and prebiotic fiber for growing bodies, along with many of the essential nutrients found in dairy milk - calcium, magnesium, riboflavin, and vitamins A, D, and B12. And most important, it delivers the same creamy and delicious taste kids love!

  • 50mg DHA Omega-3’s to help support developing brains1
  • Choline to help transport DHA for brain-building nutrition
  • Prebiotic Fiber
  • 8g of plant-based protein
1 Based on nationwide Pediatrician surveys of most important nutrients for children in a plant-based milk *Pertains to U.S. Products Only

Nutrition

Serving Size 1 cup (240mL)

140 Calories

8g Protein

8g Total Fat

8g Carbs

5g Sugars

125mg Sodium

  • Saturated Fat
  • Trans Fat
  • Polyunsaturated Fat
  • Monounsaturated Fat
  • Cholesterol
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Potassium
  • 1g
  • 0g
  • 1g
  • 6g
  • 0mg
  • 2g
  • 544mg
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12
  • Choline
  • Magnesium
  • 455mg
  • 1mg
  • 90mcg
  • 6mcg
  • 1.1mcg
  • 55mg
  • 24mg
*Pertains to U.S. Products Only

Ingredients

WATER, PEA PROTEIN BLEND (WATER, PEA PROTEIN), VEGETABLE OIL (SUNFLOWER OR SAFFLOWER OIL), CANE SUGAR, CONTAINS LESS THAN 1% OF SOLUBLE CORN FIBER, MAGNESIUM CITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, VITAMIN B12, DHA ALGAL OIL, CHOLINE BITARTRATE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D2, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, SEA SALT, NATURAL FLAVOR, GUM ARABIC, GUAR GUM, GELLAN GUM, WITH ROSEMARY EXTRACT, MIXED TOCOPHEROLS, AND ASCORBYL PALMITATE TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS.

*Pertains to U.S. Products Only

Why Yellow Peas?

Peas are an excellent source of protein, setting Ripple apart from other plant-based beverages that have little to no protein. Ripple uses a proprietary method to harvest protein from peas, removing impurities to leave a clean, neutral taste.

And, peas have a small environmental footprint, unlike almonds, which require irrigation, or cattle, which contribute to deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions. Yellow peas also grow in areas that receive lots of rain, so they need little or no irrigation, and little or no fertilizer.