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In Search of Omega-3s


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Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, manage blood pressure and decrease cell inflammation. Eat omega-3s from a variety of sources to reap these health benefits and more. Check out this guide on how to get more of these “good” fats into your diet.

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The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two fish meals of three and a half ounces of cooked fish or three-quarters cup of flaked fish per week. Individuals with a history of heart disease should aim for one gram of EPA and DHA omega-3s per day from fatty fish, or more as directed by a doctor. Fish like salmon, trout, herring and albacore tuna are the greatest sources of omega-3s. Canned Weis Quality Solid White and Chunk Light Tuna offer quick and convenient options for boosting omega-3s. Use it for sandwiches, salads, wraps and even pasta.

Plant-based Sources

Plant foods like walnuts, flaxseeds, oil and certain fruits and vegetables supply ALA omega-3s. Cooking with oils like canola or canola and olive oil blends like Pompeian® OlivExtra® Plus is an easy way to add omega- 3s to your everyday meals. Just one tablespoon of this innovative blend of canola oil and first cold press extra virgin olive oil supplies 1160 milligrams of omega-3s and healthful monounsaturated fats. The balance of flavors makes it perfect for sautés, salads, marinades, sauces and pasta dishes.

Fortified Foods

If you’re a vegetarian or simply prefer not to “go fish” for omega-3s, include fortified functional foods like peanut butter, cereal, granola bars, soymilk or eggs. Each Weis Five-Star Omega-3 Egg supplies 325 milligrams of ALA omega-3s from flaxseed, plus 13 essential vitamins, minerals and high quality protein. Egg yolks are also one of the best natural sources of heart-healthy vitamin D.

Grains and Seeds

Whole-grain breads, cereals and pasta are unexpected sources of omega-3s. Often enhanced with ALA omega-3s from flaxseed, these foods are a good choice for individuals of all ages. Made with golden semolina, ground flaxseed, spelt, oats, barley, and legumes, Barilla Plus® supplies a good source of fiber, 40 percent more protein than regular pasta, and heart-healthy ALA omega-3s. It’s chewy texture and flavor is comparable to white pasta, so it’s a great option for even the pickiest eaters, or if you’re new to wholegrain pasta. Look for Barilla Plus® in popular pasta shapes like Spaghetti, Penne, Elbows and Farfalle.


 

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