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Do You Need Fish to Get Omega-3s?

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS,

Ask the Diva: What Do You Do if You Don’t Like Fish?

Q. We’re all supposed to be eating fish twice a week for the health benefits. What do you do if you don’t like fish?  How can get omega-3 in my diet?

A.  Many people who don’t care for seafood take a fish oil supplement instead to get those omega-3 fats. There are also vegetarian sources of omega-3 fats, such as flax, chia, hemp, and walnuts. For example, you could add a tablespoon or two of flax or chia seeds (found at health food stores) to your morning smoothie for a shot of omega-3s. Vegetarian sources of omega-3 are not quite as potent as the type found in fish--but in a previous episode, I talked about how you can help your body get more benefit from vegetarian omega-3s.

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