A lot has been written about the benefits of including Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. The benefits touted include everything from lowering blood triglyceride levels to reducing the effects of neurological disorders such as ADHD and Alzheimer’s.
Most people agree that Omega-3 is an important nutrient, but most of the information is used to market dietary supplements. The question is, where can you find naturally occurring Omega-3 fatty acids?
Here are seven foods that are rich in Omega-3, and are available at almost every grocery store.
1. Flax Seed
Flax seeds pack a lot of benefits into a small seed. In addition to Omega-3 they also help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and strokes. Grind them into a powder and add to your baked goods, or sprinkle them on your breakfast cereal.
Walnuts are great toasted or raw. You can add them to almost anything to add an extra layer of flavor.
Broiled salmon is a low-fat way to get plenty of protein into your meal. It’s also one of the most popular sources of Omega-3.
Edemame beans are all the rage these days. These are immature soy beans. They are great steamed with a little salt for flavor. Make sure you look for soy products that are non-GMO.
Tofu is made from coagulating soy milk. It doesn’t have much flavor on it’s own, but it picks up the flavors of the other foods it is cooked with. Use flavorful sauces when you’re preparing it for a great vegan source of protein.
Shrimp is a very versatile seafood. Boiled, grilled, sauteed, however you want to fix it. Serve it by itself, or on top of pasta or rice.
7. Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are another food that provide many different health benefits. When steamed they help reduce cholesterol, and have been shown to also help reduce the risk of some cancers.
These seven foods are just a handful of the many ways you can get enough Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. Make sure you include them as a part of your healthy eating diet plan.