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Omega 3 For The Rest Of Us

I know fish is very healthy, providing essential nutrients and most important, omega 3 fatty acids. If you like it, you will enjoy all the health benefits that fish provide. But, some people just don't like the taste of fish and I happen to be one of them.

I was a picky eater as a kid. Not only did I not care for fish, I also didn't like sausage, bacon, etc... That's probably why I loved junk food so much. My mom did cook a lot of chicken, beef and turkey so I did get enough protein! There were a lot of foods I loved, Italian being my favorite and still is! I grew to love healthier foods, mostly on the vegetable side but still do not have much liking to seafood.

So what foods do I eat to get the essential Omega 3 fatty acids? If you don't eat fish, there are alternatives. One of the foods I snack on daily is walnuts. One quarter cup of walnuts contain 2.3 grams of omega 3! Walnuts also have Vitamin E, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

Another good choice that I consume daily is flaxseeds. There are a variety of ways to consume flaxseeds as it comes in oil, ground (my preferred way of eating them) or you can eat the seeds whole. One quarter cup of flaxseed contains 7 grams of omega 3.

Soy beans, navy beans, kidney beans, winter squash and extra virgin olive oil are other sources of omega 3.

So why are omega 3's important anyway? They are considered essential fatty acids and are required for our bodies to work properly. They help reduce inflammation throughout the body.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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