Many consumers would probably admit to feeling overloaded with information when stepping into a grocery store in today’s health-crazed world. With labels boasting “All Natural”, “High Fiber”, “Added Protein” and much more, it’s difficult to know what exactly your body needs.
Though fad diets have come and gone in the United States, a staple that has remained and continues to be recommended by doctors, dietitians, trainers and the like are fatty acids. But, what are they?
Fatty acids are essential to keep every system in the human body working properly. Think of your body as a car and fatty acids are the oil that keeps your engine running smoothly. Your skin, respiratory system, circulatory system, brain and organs ALL benefit from consuming fatty acids.
However, there’s a twist. Fatty acids need to be balanced within the body. What does that mean? Fatty acids are broken into three forms: Omega-3, Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids. Each fatty acid plays its own role in your overall health.
Omega-3s: This is where Morey’s comes into play! Our seafood offers a healthy dose of Omega-3 fatty acids. The human body cannot produce Omega-3s on its own, so consuming a minimum of 4 oz. twice a week is recommended to support brain function, cardiovascular disease and a host of other diseases. Morey’s Fish Creations® are sold in boxes containing two, 5 oz. servings, so one box per family member per week will meet the recommended quota. Aside from fish, Omega-3s are found in flaxseeds, raw walnuts and canola oil.
Omega-6s: Omega-6 fatty acids are best when consumed in a 2:1 ratio with Omega-3s. One health issue our country currently faces is the abundance of Omega-6 fatty acids from corn and soy products used in a vast majority of processed foods. Today, a consumer, on average, eats 15 times the amount of Omega-6s than Omega-3s. While Omega-6s are good for you, too much of them can be destructive. Getting your Omega-6s from sources such as leafy greens, whole grains, raw vegetable oils and certain nuts is suggested.
Omega-9s: This fatty acid is produced naturally by the body when both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are consumed in balance. Omega-9 promotes heart health by keeping cholesterol levels in-check and improving immune function. If you’re not consuming enough Omega-3s and Omega-6s, then you must add Omega-9 rich foods to your diet. Foods like avocados, cashews, chia seeds and almonds are high in Omega-9s.
Knowing what fatty acids are and how they benefit you can help you make more informed choices at the grocery store and when selecting recipes for your family. Opt for well-rounded meals like Morey’s Salsa-Shrimp Topped Avocados. By adding a side of whole grain brown rice and a small salad, you’ll successfully get a healthy serving of fatty acids to keep your car’s engine a well-oiled machine.
Chris Kresser: Health for the 21st Century