Tag: omega-3 fats

Are You Eating the Right Omegas? Most Americans Aren’t 

by in Food and Nutrition Experts, November 25, 2016

We hear a lot about the importance of getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids in our diets — and with good reason. They’re heart-healthy fats that help decrease inflammation, plus they’re important for brain development and function. The other Omega fatty acids — the Omega-6 oils — are also considered “essential fatty acids” that are needed for several body processes. But some of them can also cause inflammation when eaten in excess. So while we do need adequate amounts of both in our diets, most of us are getting way too much Omega-6 and way too little Omega-3.

“In the standard American diet, people are getting about a 20-to-one ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3,” says Chris D’Adamo, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology and public health, University of Maryland School of Medicine. “Ideally, that ratio should be more like three-to-one.” The trouble is that Omega-6 fatty acids have become ubiquitous in our food supply in a way that they were not several decades ago. They are found in vegetable oils — like corn, sunflower, safflower and soybean — that are a staple ingredient in so many refined, processed and packaged foods. And when modern agricultural methods meant a shift from livestock that grazed on Omega-3-rich grasses to livestock that was fed Omega-6-packed grains, the balance in our diets shifted even more. Read more

Nutrition News: Healthy Eating and Teens, TV Ads and Kids, and Fatty Fish and Eyesight

by in Food News, Uncategorized, August 26, 2016

Healthy Eating: The Teen Scene
If you want to instill healthy-eating habits in your children, obsessing about your own weight around them is not a great idea; it may increase the risk that they will develop eating disorders or obesity during their adolescent years and beyond. That’s according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which has released new guidelines on preventing obesity and eating disorders in adolescents. The AAP recommends that parents discourage their children from dieting, severely restricting their calorie intake or skipping meals. Parents should encourage healthy eating and physical activity; make family meals, where adults model healthy eating, a priority; refrain from “weight talk,” either about their own or their children’s weight, and instead focus on “healthful-eating behaviors”; steer clear of “weight teasing” and try to encourage a healthy body image overall; and be aware of bullying or extreme weight-loss efforts in overweight or obese teens. Overall, UPI notes, a focus on a healthy lifestyle, rather than a weight, is the way to go. Read more

Omega-3-Rich Recipes (Guess What? They’re Not All Fish)

by in Healthy Recipes, July 12, 2013

spinach salad with pomegranate
Just about everyone could benefit from eating more of omega-3s, an essential fatty acid. Here are some delicious ways to up your intake.

The Guidelines
Omega-3 fats are found in fatty fish like salmon, tuna and sardines. You can also find them in plant foods like flaxseeds, walnuts, canola oil and soy. So there are lots of options when it comes to getting more of these healthy fats! That’s good news, since omega-3s are beneficial to the brain and cardiovascular system and promote skin and eye health. Omega-3s also have anti-inflammatory properties.

The current recommendations for omega-3 intake may vary depending on the type. The ALA form (mostly from plant based foods) ranges from 1.1 to 1.6 grams per day for men. The other types EPA and DHA (more plentiful in fish and other animal products) the daily range is 0.3-0.5 grams and 0.8-1.1 grams, respectively.

The Recipes

#1 Green Tea Poached Salmon with Ginger Lime Sauce
Fresh salmon is one of the best sources out there; this low mercury fish has more than 650 milligrams of omega-3 per ounce.

Percent daily recommended amount of omega-3 = 281% (men), 409% (women)

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7 Foods With the Most Omega-3s

by in Healthy Recipes, July 26, 2012

walnuts Most folks are hip to the fact that they need more omega-3 fats in their diet, but that doesn’t mean they’re actually eating enough. Here’s a refresher on why omega-3s do the body good and some delish recipes to boost your intake.

Health Benefits
There are 3 main types of omega-3 fats that are typically referred to by their abbreviated names DHA, EPA and ALA. The DHA and EPA types are plentiful in fish and help fight inflammation. They also contribute to heart health, brain function and immunity. If that’s not enough, they also help with healthy joints, skin, eyes and skin. The ALA type of omega-3 is found mostly in plant-based foods. Once eaten, the body converts ALA to a small amount of DHA and EPA. ALA-rich foods are good for you for a variety of reasons but to really reap the benefits of omega-3, you want to make sure to get most of them from EPA and DHA.

Foods
Experts recommend getting about 1,000 milligrams of omega-3s per day, mostly from DHA and EPA.

Salmon
Salmon is one of the best fish choices for healthy fats. A 4-ounce (raw) portion will serve up more than 1600 milligrams of DHA and EPA.

Recipe: Blackened Salmon With Mango Salsa

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Supplement Savvy: More Popular Supplements

by in Uncategorized, August 9, 2011

vitamins
We’ve been filling you in on the good, bad and ugly details about popular vitamin, mineral and herbal products but there are a lot of other supplements out there. Here are the facts on five of the most common – are they worth it?

Multivitamins
While they seem harmless, multivitamins can be a cocktail of dangerous ingredients including toxic amounts of vitamins and minerals, herbs and other substances that may cause side effects and interact with medications. If food allergies, dietary restrictions, or pregnancy warrant taking some extra nutrients from a multivitamin, look for one that only contains vitamins and minerals. Beware of bizarre herbs, “proprietary blends” and other ingredients you don’t recognize. Pass on products that have more than 500% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) listed on the label.

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Diet 101: The Mediterranean Diet

by in Diets & Weight Loss, Food News, January 4, 2010

bulgur salad
Many people focus on losing weight this time of year, and often that means going on a diet. To help, we wanted to start a series looking at some popular ones. As always, Healthy Eats is about eating well every day — not encouraging crash diets or fad foods — but we still want you to know these diet basics.

First up: the Mediterranean Diet. Salmon, olive oil, red wine and almonds top the list of must-eat foods in this diet plan. They’re all healthy picks, but read on to learn if this diet is the right choice for you.

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Sardines: The Underappreciated Fish

by in Healthy Tips, October 15, 2009

can of sardines
My dad and hubby occasionally pop open a can of sardines and eat them for breakfast or even a snack. Although they’re not my favorite food, sardines are a popular dish around the world. Whether you love or hate them, there’s no denying how low-cal and nutrient-packed they are.

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Spotlight Recipe: Grilled Tuna with Black Sesame Seeds

by in Healthy Recipes, August 31, 2009

Grilled Tuna with Black Sesame Seeds
You’ve grilled chicken, burgers and even veggie kabobs this summer, but haven’t gotten around to fish, right? Well, get in these heart-healthy tuna steaks before the season wraps up.  Each 259-calorie piece is packed with omega-3 fats and several energy-boosting B-vitamins. Pair the tuna with fresh greens or a grain salad, and you’ve got a light meal perfect for a hot day.

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In the News: Backyard Chicken Coops, the Latest on Omega 3 Fats & Collagen Cocktails – Yum!

by in Food News, August 7, 2009

From this week’s nutrition headlines: Millions of kids seriously lack vitamin D, specialty drinks are the newest fast-food trend and Japanese women are guzzling collagen in hopes of staying young. Weird, right?

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Understanding Omega-6 Fats

by in Healthy Tips, March 9, 2009

Omega-3 fats get a lot of attention for their health benefits, but what about omega 6? Learn the difference between these fats and if there’s any truth to the rumors that they’re bad for you.

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