Omega 3 fatty acids provide anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering, and mental acuity-improving properties. There are three types that are all necessary in the diet:
- EPA (found in fatty fish like salmon)
- DHA (found in fatty fish like salmon and in whole eggs)
- ALA (found in plant foods like canola oil, walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, kidney beans, edamame, whole grain bread, etc.).
Try eating a variety of fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, and trout 2-3 times a week, and including a variety of healthy fats, beans, legumes, whole grains, low-fat milk, and eggs in your daily diet to get a good balance of Omega 3’s!
~Kaylee Brown, CHFC Registered Dietitian