9 out of 10 Americans don’t eat enough fish, which means they lack important nutrients and vitamins such as omega – 3 fatty acids, which are essential for our health and well-being. In this article we will look at how the typical American diet creates an imbalance in fatty acids and why it is important to increase your omega – 3 consumption.
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The American Diet
According to science and surveys about the food habits of Americans, the typical American diet consists of excess sodium, saturated fat, refined grains and calories from solid fats and added sugars. This means that many people consume more fast-foods and processed goods, which contain higher amounts of those ingredients, than they should. But not only that, Dietary Guidelines for American states that almost 35 % of American adults are obese and that the general population eat fewer vegetables, fruits, whole grains and dairy than recommended.
The most obvious impact of a poor diet is weight gain and obesity, but it can have other, more profound impacts on our long-term health as well. An imbalanced and poor diet can be associated with the development of many diseases like cardiovascular disease or even cancer and can affect our whole body, from our heart to our brain. It can also be detrimental to our mental health with studies showing a correlation between a poor diet and greater incidence of depression and depressive symptoms, impaired learning and memory up to a higher risk of developing cognitive diseases such as Parkinson’s. So there are many good reasons for a balanced diet and especially the impact of nutrients such as omega – 3 fatty acids should not be underestimated. Here you can find out more about the positive impact of omega – 3 fatty acids on our brain. https://norwayomega.hk/blog/how-omega-3-can-help-our-brain-and-memory/
We Are Eating The Wrong Fat: Omega – 6
Contrary to popular beliefs, not all fats are bad for us. The so-called omega – 3 fatty acids are vital for our metabolism and associated with many positive effects on our health. Omega – 6 fatty acids however, which slightly differ from the omega – 3 regarding their molecular structure, can have negative effects on our health if we consume them in high quantities and through the “wrong” foods. Omega – 6 is necessary for a variety of functions in our body, but most people consume too much of it, which can create a pro-inflammatory environment in our body and damage our health. Good sources of omega – 6 are avocado, nuts and seeds, eggs, meat from grass-fed animals and coconut oil. However, most people consume these fatty acids through foods such as vegetable oils, salad dressings and mayonnaise, packaged snacks and sweets. This means that we consume more omega – 6 than necessary, which can create an imbalance in the ratio of omega – 6 and omega – 3.
95.7 % of American have insufficient levels of omega – 3 in their diet, which can increase the risk of heart disease and other health issues. Omega – 3 fatty acids are beneficial for our heart, blood lipids and immune system. It is therefore vital that we consume sufficient amounts of those fatty acids, that naturally occur in foods such as fish, nuts, eggs or flaxseeds.
Why Fish Matters
Eating fish supplies us with a lot of important nutrients and vitamins, so we should try to eat the recommended two servings of seafood per week. A study has found that in pregnant women the deficiency regarding seafood and fish is even more pronounced and that the average pregnant women would have to increase her seafood consumption by four to reach the recommended minimum intake. While some pregnant women might be worried about mercury poisoning, this risk is easy to mitigate if you make sure to consume fish with low levels of mercury and stay clear of bigger, predatory fish like king mackerel or swordfish which, due to their lifespan and predatory nature, accumulate more mercury in their tissue than other fish. Here you can read more about the impact of omega – 3 on pregnancy and unborn children. (https://norwayomega.hk/blog/omega-3-is-good-for-both-mother-and-child/)
While not everybody has access to fresh fish, there are alternatives to make sure you supply your body with all the necessary nutrients. Fish oil or krill oil are food supplements which contain the omega – 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are important for our health and well-being. Those fatty acids can not be produced by our body, but we rely on consuming them either through food or supplements. Omega – 3 – supplements come in small capsules that make it easy for you to reach your daily recommended amount of these healthy fatty acids and make sure you look and feel your best.
Why Omega – 3 Is So Important
Here at Omega 3 of Norway we care about high quality products and natural ingredients. This is why we only use the best fresh wild water anchovies to produce our omega – 3 – supplements to make sure that you get the most out of our products.
Our products contain the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are essential for many functions of our body and can also improve our heart health, immune response and even help our muscles recover faster from exercise. They have been proven to help our heart beat at steady rate and can even reduce the amount of LDL “bad” cholesterol, which can contribute to the build-up of plaque in our arteries, if we have too much of it in our blood. This plaque can stiffen and narrow our artery walls, increasing our blood pressure and increase the risk for a stroke or heart attack. Research has also shown that omega – 3 fatty acids play an important role in our immune defence and can even improve the look of our skin.
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