Nutrition: Healthy Fats
By Eric Chen, WAC Nutritionist and Wellness Coach
Fat has been getting a bad rap over the last few decades, but we want to change that. Omega-3 fatty acids are a super fat that can fight depression, anxiety, heart disease, inflammation, and so much more. Great food sources for omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, sardines, nuts, seeds, avocado, and olive oil. Don’t eat fish daily? Consider taking a supplement to get your share of healthy fats. Here’s what to look for when shopping around.
- EPA and DHA. Look for omega-3 supplements that contain EPA and DHA—they are the most important types of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Absorption. Pick supplements that come in free-fatty-acid or triglyceride form instead of ethyl esters form. Choosing free-fatty-acid or triglyceride supplements results in 50 percent more absorption. Remember to have your supplement alongside a meal.
- Freshness. Oils are prone to going rancid, so this is a supplement you don’t want to buy in bulk. Store fish oil and avocado oil in a dark and dry area, check the expiration date, and look for supplements that contain antioxidants like vitamin E to keep your oil fresh.