Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Brain and Heart Food--Omega 3 Fatty Acids

It’s hip to be healthy

Everyone has a right to feel good. Americans are discovering that every food on the blue planet leaves its effects in the body long after it has left the body. Foods alter, transform, and determine how our Earth Suit operates.

Americans are seeking their favorite source of healthy essential omega 3 fatty acids.

American adults gets less than 1 gram of omega 3 fatty acids per day. The NIH recommends that we consume at least 2% of their total daily calories as omega 3 fats. A 2000 calorie a day diet would require 4 grams of omega 3 fats.

Omega 3’s prevent a wide list of medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, depression, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 Diabetes, fatigue, dry skin, brittle hair and nails, inability to concentrate and joint pain.

World's Healthiest Foods ranked flax seed, walnuts, and wild salmon as excellent sources. Farm raised salmon has a fraction of the omegas resulting from the unnatural, human-created growing environment oozing with farm chemical run-off and anti-biotics. I’m drooling. Other types of foods that are vital to mention as omega 3 boosters: winter squash, hemp seeds, chia seeds, kale, sprouts, and olive oil.

A cup o’ winter squash provides approximately 0.3 grams. Three ounces of extra virgin olive oil is about 0.2 grams.

Two tablespoons of ground up flaxseeds contain 3.5 grams of omega 3 fats, while a 4 ounce piece of salmon contains 1.5 grams of omega 3 fats. A four-ounce serving of giggly tofu contains 0.4 grams of omega 3s.
The George Mateljan Foundation

Vegetarians relying on alpha-linolenic acid as their only source of omega-3 fatty acids should boost their consumption of ALA-rich foods accordingly to supply adequate production of its important derivatives, EPA and DHA. The three most nutritionally important omega 3 fatty acids are, ALA, (EPA) and (DHA): excellent brain food for ambitious businessmen.

If you are not eating enough omega three, then nuts to you if you don’t like ‘feesh.
Happy Trails
Chef Wendell

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