Not all fat is bad, especially not these best omega 3 sources.
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—especially these best omega 3 sources.
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.
For more information about Omega 3’s, visit this website.
The below graphic shows the best Omega 3 food sources. Let us know in the comments below the best Omega 3 rich foods you eat!
How to Eat More of These Best Omega 3
If you’re looking to add some of the best omega 3 food sources to your diet, and don’t like fish, then I’ve got you covered. As far as the oils go, try cooking your next stir fry, or mixing a salad dressing with one of the oils listen above.
Low carb smoothies are a great way to add a couple tablespoons of flax or English walnuts in. Here are my favorites:
Flax seed is often used in vegan baking as an egg substitute. Check it out in this butternut squash bread recipe.
I never have a hard time sneak extra walnut into my diet, but if you’re looking for an excuse, try making this low carb fudge recipe, or chopping some up and melting it into your very own low carb chocolate.