Veg Sources of Omega-3′s
Q: Flax causes digestive problems for me. Can you recommend other good vegetarian dietary sources of omega-3′s?
A: Glad you asked! But before you write off flax altogether, have you considered flax oil? Just 1/2 teaspoon a day gives you the omega-3′s you need without the fiber that’s causing your digestive problems. Canola and hemp oils also have plenty of omega-3′s. Walnuts are rich sources too. Consider tossing a handful into a salad or bowl of oatmeal.
Keep in mind that what really counts is balance. If you’re getting too much omega-6 fat, you’ll undo the benefit of omega-3′s in your diet. Omega-6 fats tie up the enzymes your body uses to handle omega-3′s. Safflower, sunflower, corn, cottonseed, soybean, and grapeseed oils are loaded with omega-6′s, so go easy on them. Some people choose olive oil, because its monounsaturated fat does not interfere with the enzymes handling omega-3′s.March p.30