Foods Containing Omega 3 Fatty Acids .

04 Nov
By Melanie Caplan
A list of foods containing omega 3 fatty acids is relatively short when compared to a list of foods containing omega 6 fatty acids. A list of long chain omega 3 foods is even shorter and in fact consists of only one food: fish.

Genetic modification is also being explored, with one experiment inserting genes which will produce long-chain Omega-3 polyunsaturates into existing oilseed varieties. Another uses gene transfer technology to directly convert Omega-6 polyunsaturates to their Omega-3 counterparts.

As the health reputation of the Omega-3s grows, food manufacturers have explored the opportunity of fortifying everyday foods with Omega-3s. Omega-3 eggs are increasingly available; for example, bread fortified with 13mg of Omega-3 DHA per slice is now available in New Zealand and Australia. Malaysia has a cracker fortified with vitamins, minerals and both Omega-3 and Omega-6 EFAs and a similarly fortified margarine serves as a fine accompaniment.

In Sweden, a low fat liver pate is enriched with Omega-3, iron and vitamins. The Spanish can buy fruit juices fortified with milk, fiber, vitamins and Omega-3, and probiotic meal replacement bars, soups and milkshakes with Omega-3s. Finns market a blackcurrant juice with added Omega-6 and Omega-3 as ALA. This list is by no means comprehensive, particularly as it does not include the increasing number of infant milks, foods and supplements with added Omega-3 DHA.

As the advantages of regular intake of Omega 3 become more accepted in North America, the food processing and pharmaceutical industries will, no doubt, put more effort and funding into making these various supplements more readily available.

The benefits of Omega 3 will continue to grow in importance as the population ages and looks for ways to maintain healthy and active lifestyles. Currently, Omega 3’s are easy enough to buy from online companies and specialized pharmacies but it surely won’t be long before Americans will be able to choose the supplement that suits them best from the shelves of local supermarkets and convenience stores.

Many doctors recommend that vegan diets include an algae oil supplement, since such people will not use the best omega 3 source — high quality fish oil supplements — because algae oil contains DHA and EPA fatty acids.

Omega-3 and omega-6 are fatty acids. Both of them are vital for your well-being and good health. However, the problem is that the vast majority of people in the Western world have an Omega-3 deficiency while ingesting a too much Omega-6’s.

In short, the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 oils is way off kilter for optimal health.

First, let’s address the cause of the rampant omega-3 deficiency. The first and foremost problem is the meats we eat. You see, because most animals are mass commercialized they are fed diets of grain and other unnatural substances.

Before this happened, animals were free range and grazed on their natural diets, which, in the case of cows as one example, was grass. Their natural grass diet created naturally lean beef that was high in omega-3 fatty acids.

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