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Top plant and fish sources of omega-3s
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD posted:
Perhaps you have read about the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids? I would definitely call these "smart fats." well there are two types of omega-3s:

* omega-3s from fish

* omega-3s from plants

Omega-3s, especially from fish, may help decrease blood clotting, decrease abnormal heart rhythms, reduce triglycerides, and promote normal blood pressure. Plant omega-3s are also helpful, because your body can convert a small amount of the plant omega-3s into the fish omega-3s. Plus there is some evidence that plant omega-3s lower heart disease risk as well, through different actions than fish omega-3s. So the bottom line in my opinion is...WE NEED BOTH TYPES OF OMEGA-3s.

The top plant omega-3s foods include
ground flaxseed
walnuts and walnut oil
canola oil

Other plant foods that contribute plant omega-3s:
soybeans and soybean oil

pinto beans
kidney beans

Good sources of fish omega-3s include:
tuna steak
albacore tuna (white tuna in water)
(all fish contribute some omega-3s)
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