Do You Need Fish to Get Omega-3s?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
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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.

About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.