How can I include omega fatty acids in my diet?

How can I include omega fatty acids in my diet?

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Consider that whole food sources -- plant and animal -- contain an array of omega fatty acids thus they are your best insurance to get all of these nutrients. But what if you don't eat fish, macadamia nuts or what if you are trying to treat one of the symptoms or diseases noted above and want to try omega fatty acid supplementation? One key take-away from this omega story is that rather than picking one or two favorites -- Mother Nature doesn't -- think of your omega consumption like an orchestra -- all the different omegas playing together make the sweetest music. Whether food or supplement, consider making the choice that provides an array of omega fatty acids. After all, a whole food approach to nutrition will help ensure you get omegas 5, 7 and 3, 6, 9 in you for optimal health.

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Fats

At 9 calories per gram, fats can add up quickly in your diet, yet experts recommend that you get only 7% of your calorie intake from fat. Fats also affect your cholesterol, and there are both good and bad fats. The best kind of fa...

ts are called unsaturated fats, and can be found in oils like olive and canola oils, nuts and seeds. These fats can help your body get rid of cholesterol. Saturated fats often have had hydrogen added to them to make them more solid. Other saturated fats are found in cream, butter and meats. They can raise your blood cholesterol. Its wise to learn which is which and check nutrition labels to make proper choices.
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