Diet alone often does not supply the human body with enough omega-3 fats, which are vital to your overall health. However, some dietary sources are better for you than others. Are you nuts about nuts? Read on to learn why these bite-size foods may be less beneficial to your health than you think.
Omega-3 Fat Sources
Dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids include plant and marine foods. Plants sources include algae, flax oil, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and nuts (pecans, almonds, pistachios and walnuts). Marine sources include fish oils extracted from anchovies, cod liver, tuna and salmon as well as krill oil extracted from Euphausia Superba (better known as Antarctic Krill).
Too Much of a Good Thing
While nuts are an excellent source of omega-3s and other good-for-you nutrients, consuming too many can have a negative effect on your health. For many of us, sticking to one serving a day of these tasty nutritional powerhouses can be difficult. They are inexpensive, require no preparation, and can be scooped up by the handful, making them easy to overindulge on.
The trouble with eating too many nuts is they contain omega-6 fatty acids. Though it’s an essential nutrient that should be part of a healthy diet, like nuts, it’s easy to consume more than is needed. The challenge results from too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3 being present in the body. Avoiding foods with too much omega-6 is one way to create better nutritional balance.
Also, it’s important to note that not all omega-3 fatty acids are created equal. Nuts and seeds contain omega-3 fats; however, they’re in the form of short-chain alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA), which isn’t useful for the body. ALA can be elongated to the essential nutrients EPA and DHA, two members of the omega-3 family with validated scientific support for human health benefits. Yet, this process is very inefficient, as one would need to consume unhealthy amounts to achieve the desired dose of EPA and DHA.
A Healthier Alternative
Nuts may be good for you, but other omega-3 sources deliver even more benefits. Neptune Krill Oil (NKO®) is one such source. Not only is it superior to fish oils, but it’s superior to other krill oils as well. Our patented extraction and unique manufacturing processes amplify all of the health-promoting qualities of krill oil. Omega-3s EPA and DHA as well as vitamins A and E occur naturally in our premium product. Plus, it contains high levels of the super antioxidant astaxanthin, which has been proven effective for supporting heart, skin, brain, and eye health.
About the author
Serving as Sales Director, Jacqueline Khayat’s role includes expanding distribution for Neptune’s line of products and ingredients. Jackie has extensive and relevant education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Montreal University and obtaining a Graduate Degree in Business and Management from renowned HEC Montreal. As a Dietitian, she taps into her extensive knowledge of nutrition to help educate the market about omega-3 krill oil benefits and our line of products including OCEANO3: Neptune’s consumer branded krill oil, exclusively offered through its website oceano3.com in Canada and the US.
Jackie also enjoys a healthy lifestyle, great food and travelling. You can follow her on Twitter for daily health related tips: @jkhayat23