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Berean Health & Temperance
Omega-3 Fatty Acid
By Ed Cabil,
All fats, good and bad, are equally fattening and calorie-dense and should be limited in the diet. Fortunately, the essential fatty acids which include omega-3s and omega-6s are only needed in small amounts (2 to 3 percent of total calories per day) and can be naturally obtained from a varied plant-based diet.
Fish and shellfish can contain unsafe levels of contaminants and are often high in mercury and other environmental toxins that have no place in a healthy diet. Fish also contain no fiber and are high in animal protein, and often, in saturated fat and cholesterol. The most nutritious sources of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are plant-based foods, including green leafy vegetables, legumes, wheat germ, soybeans, and ground flaxseeds. By getting omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and protein from plantbased foods, you can avoid the health risks associated with fish consumption.