Ask An Expert: Maria, What's The Importance Of Omega-3?
Q: Maria, I have heard of Omega-3 a lot lately. Can you let me know which foods have this in it and what benefits these foods would have? ~ Dave
A: Hi Dave,
Omega 3 fats are essential fats found typically in fatty fish (EPA & DHA) and plant foods (ALA) . Research is showing potential benefit, particularly with EPA & DHA for improving various health conditions and reducing the risk of disease. Examples of health benefits are: decreasing the risk of heart disease and stroke, reducing the risk of hypertension, depression, rheumatoid arthritis and alzheimers disease. They also play key roles in growth and development, and brain function.
Plant sources are canola and soybean oils, flaxseed, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, tofu and leafy greens such as kale. The body isn't able to use these plant based fats as well as the type in fish, but it is definitely an option, particularly if you are vegetarian. If you enjoy fish however, top food sources of Omega 3 fats include salmon, sardines, herring, tuna and lake trout.
Yours in Health,
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