Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Using An Omega 3 Cookbook For Great Health

By Peter Bertonich

By now chances are that you know that the Omega 3 polyunsaturated fats found in fish oil are good for your health. Very good for your health.

Scientists are finding more and more reasons to take more Omega 3 fats into our bodies. Our hearts, our eyes, our brains, our organs, there's so many reasons to get more good fats into our body.

There's lots of good fats found in fish. The 2 most important essential fatty acids are DHA and EPA and these are both found in fish.

These 2 are found primarily fish oil as well, and thats why most Omega 3 supplements are based on fish oil.

But there is also a plant based Omega 3 fatty acid. Its called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). The benefit to the body is that it converts ALA to DHA, although there is debate about how much ALA actually gets converted, some say not a lot. For that reason DHA from fish oil is better, because your body doesnt need to convert it.

The way your body gets these healthy Omega 3 fats is through what you eat. Now of course Omega 3 fats are so important to us that they should be taken daily, and the best way to do that is using high quality Omega 3 fish oil supplements. But theres absolutely no reason why you shouldnt also add more Omega 3 fats to your diet as well as take daily supplements.

There's good fats and bad fats. The bad fats are those like saturated fat that is found in dairy foods and meat. If you start eating good fats and reduce your bad fats it will do a power of good for your health.

Olive oil has good fats. Canola oil does as has flaxseed oil. And there are foods rich in Omega 3 like walnuts, brussel sprouts and spinach, kale and salad greens.

The vegetables have ALA but if you're taking your fish oil supplements you're getting your DHA and EPA from that source. And you can eat fish but the FDA tells us not to eat too much fish due to chemical contamination.

So whilst you really need to be taking daily fish oil supplements, if you concentrate on adding good Omega 3 foods like those above to your diet youre also doing yourself a favor. So start concentrating on cooking with Omega 3 foods. Omega 3 cooking is not hard, if you have a good Omega 3 cookbook.

Its pretty simple, a good Omega 3 cookbook will be packed with recipes that feature high Omega 3 foods. So it will have some great fish recipes, it will have you cooking with Omega 3 oils like canola oil or olive oil and it will feature recipes that have plenty of vegetables and other Omega 3 foods.

So remember, take your fish oil supplements for that DHA and EPA and find a good Omega 3 cookbook. Start cutting back on the saturated fat foods and concentrate on high Omega 3 recipes when you're cooking.

Not all fishoil supplements are the same and you need to know how to source the best fish oil capsules. You can find out how to do that on my website.

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