“How does a vegetarian get omega 3?”
Foods naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids are almost always a better choice than fish oil pills. Fish, especially cold-water fatty fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, and trout, are rich sources of omega 3s.
If you don’t eat fish, other food sources of omega-3 fatty acids include:
- Chia seeds
- Beans (especially soybeans and soy products like tofu)
- Dark green leafy vegetables
Limit nuts and seeds to 1 ounce a day or less because they are dense with calories. If you’re trying to lose weight, you probably want to steer clear of them completely.
Most importantly, remember that no single item – whether it’s omega-3 fatty acids, green tea, or anything else promoted as the latest “superfood” – can ever match the benefits of an overall healthy food and fitness program like Pritikin.
With the Pritikin Eating Plan, you’re not just getting omega-3s. You’re also greatly increasing your intake of heart-healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans, and greatly decreasing foods that harm the heart, like red meat, full-fat dairy foods, and tropical oils.
All these dietary improvements, plus regular physical activity, are what add up to profound and proven benefits for your heart.