Lets Talk Health…
If you’re eating more and more fish these days, you’re going with the trend.
Yes, fish is in, meat is out. Fish is not only a good source of protein, low in fat overall, but high in a form of good fat – omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to act as natural anti-inflammatory agents.
WHAT IS OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS?
Omega-3 oils are a type of polyunsaturated fat. Polyunsaturated fats are healthier because they help to reduce your risk of heart disease.
There are the two main types of omega-3 fatty acids:
· Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These are plentiful in fish and shellfish. Algae often provides only DHA.
· Short-chain omega-3 fatty acids are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). These are found in plants, such as flaxseed. Though beneficial, ALA omega-3 fatty acids have less potent health benefits than EPA and DHA. You’d have to eat a lot to gain the same benefits as you do from an animal protein like fish.
WHY IS OMEGA-3 GOOD FOR ME?
Omega-3 has many health benefits, such as the following
- Promotes heart health
- Reduces risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Reduces Depression
- Improves Prenatal health
- Reduces Asthma symptoms
- Reduces the risk of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
- Beneficial for Diabetes patients
- Reduces risk of Osteoporosis
HOW MUCH OMEGA-3 SHOULD I BE HAVING EACH DAY?
The National Heart Foundation recommends Australians consume at least 500 mg per day of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.
Anything! For the highest Omega-3 content choose oily fish such as tuna, salmon, sardines and blue mackerel. Other fish, such as barramundi and flathead, and seafood, such as scallops and mussels, are also good sources of marine-based omega-3.
Omega-3’s are good for the whole family. You could spend loads of money on vitamins and supplements but nothing replaces the flavour and spectacle of a good old fashion Australian cook up!!