I’d like to let you in on a little secret…
Not all fat is bad.
Shocking, I know, considering we’ve all journeyed down the low fat this, egg white that rabbit hole once or twice.
Yet despite the disparaging claims, years of research have nullified the “fat is bad” craze. Studies show that our bodies require a handful of healthy fats to maintain nourished.
In fact, Omega 3’s, a group of polyunsaturated fats “help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema, and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions” (source).
Most of the fats our bodies need can be produced from raw materials or other fats. However, Omega 3s are an essential fat, meaning our bodies are unable to produce them from scratch and need to be consumed.
There are three types of Omega 3’s:
- EPA and DHA: both of which are found in seafood such as fatty fish and shellfish.
- ALA: is found in plant oils and nuts. This is the most commonly consumed Omega 3. When you consume ALA, small amounts can be converted into EPA and DHA.
The below graphic shows different food based sources of Omega 3’s.
For more information about Omega 3’s, visit this website.
Let us know in the comments below your favorite Omega 3 rich food, and how you make sure you’re eating your Omega 3’s!