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How to Get Foods with Omega-3s in Your Diet

Wondering what omega-3 fats are and how to get more of them into your diet? Registered dietitian Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., explains why you should be eating more fish, nuts, seeds and oils to get the health benefits of omega-3 fats.

Hi, I'm Kerri-Ann. I'm here in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, and I'm going to talk about how to get omega-3s in your diet. Omega-3s are a type of fat that does everything from boost your mood to help prevent heart disease. There are three kinds of omega-3s. DHA and EPA are the most important. They're great for your overall health. ALA is good for your heart health. There are three ways to get omega-3s in your diet: whole foods, fortified foods and supplements. You should be eating oily fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel at least twice a week to get DHA and EPA. You should also be eating some seeds, nuts and oils regularly to get ALA. For an extra boost, you can consider fortified foods like milk and eggs. If you don't eat fish, you might want to take a supplement. Experts recommend getting 250 mg of DHA and EPA each day. Remember, there are three ways to get omega-3s: whole foods, fortified foods and supplements.

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