Ever noticed how mermaids always look so slim and assume it's because they live on seaweed and seafood? Turns out that they could be enjoying French fries and candy bars along with those fishy meals, because a new study indicates that fish oil supplements can minimize the damage from junk food. So if you're on a diet dominated by doughnuts, read this before you bite into another applesauce fritter.
British diet news you can use: New research published in the British Journal of Nutrition suggests that by taking fish oil along with that Twinkie, you can halt the damage done by eating the junk food. "Excessive intake of certain macronutrients, the refined sugars and saturated fats found in junk food, can lead to weight gain, disrupt metabolism, and even affect mental processing," said study co-author Lucy Pickavance, Ph.D., in a news release. Translation: When you eat all that sugar and saturated fat, you're adding to your belly bulge and damaging your brain's ability to produce new nerve cells. Result: You interfere with your body's ability to manage what you weigh. But by taking omega-3-rich fish oil supplements, you halt that bad body news by enhancing your ability to make new nerve cells.
How much should you take? Aim for 1,000mg per day, says Adiana Castro, R.D., co-founder of Compass Nutrition LLC, a private nutrition practice in New York City. “It should contain DHA and EPA to promote and maximize its effects,” she advises. “And make sure the ingredient list labels the source of fatty fish, such as sardines, salmon, mackerel, anchovies, and so on.” You can find the supplement in health food stores, drug stores and online, such as Carlson Labs Elite Omega-3 Gems Fish Oil (click for details).