Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Alternatives for getting omega 3
By Barbi Lazarus
Re: Studies tout mind-food connection, March 24
As a fan of the You Docs, column, I was disappointed to see readers misled to think that one must consume fish in order to obtain sufficient amounts of omega 3 fatty acids.
The You Docs offered only supplement capsules as alternatives to fish. Yet, omega 3 fatty acids are abundant in flax seeds and oil, hemp seeds and oil, and walnuts. These alternative sources not only offer up ever-important omega fats, they also provide other nutrients such as fibre and protein, without the harmful effects of fish such as mercury and other toxins, or cruelty to animals.
It’d be great to see a follow up edition to this column providing readers with a more well-rounded explanation of plant-based food sources for healthy nutrition.
Barbi Lazarus, Toronto