Your kids might need more Omega 3 if they suffer from dry skin, depression, or fatigue. Including it in their diet may help reduce stress, lower hostility rate in young adults, reduce levels of aggression, (a definite plus if you have a toddler) lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, may protect against macular degeneration (which my father-in-law is blind from). The most impressive effects to me though, according to WH Foods, Omega 3 can
reduce the risk of becoming obese and improve the body’s ability to respond to insulin by stimulating the secretion of leptin, a hormone that helps regulate food intake, body weight and metabolism, and is expressed primarily by adipocytes (fat cells) .
So, you know your kids need more, so where can you get it?
- Flaxseeds (Highest at 3.5g for 2 TBL.)
- Walnuts (2.27g for 1/4 cup)
- Salmon (2.09g for 4 oz.)
- Sardines (1.36g for 3.25 oz. can)
- Soybeans (1.03 g for 1 cup)
- Halibut (0.62g for 4 oz.)
- Shrimp (0.37g per 4 oz.)
- Tofu (0.36g per 4 oz.)
- Snapper (0.36g per 4 oz.)
- Scallops (0.35g per 4 oz.)
Of course there are always supplements, but research has shown omega-3 is best absorbed through food of course. It’s my opinion that flaxseed meal or oils is easy to add to many foods, without compromising flavor. You can add it to baked goods, smoothies, and salads.
Yesterday I arrived in sunny Arizona to learn about Bosch Kitchen Technology. My pictures are of the pool at the hotel, me and Sarah and the airport, and the complimentary taco soup!
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