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Omega-3s: The Fats You Should Love

Fat has a bad rep but not all fats are bad. Do you know what fats you should actually be eating more of (gasp - I know)? Could the latest diet be based on eating fatty french fries?

Unfortunately french fries have not made it on the list of fats you should eat, but Omega-3s have. Omega-3s are great for a lot of reasons but mainly because they have anti-inflammatory and mood stabilizing properties, and they have been found to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and lower cholesterol.

To find out what foods contain Omega-3s,

Omega-3s are found mostly in foods such as fish (most notably cold water oily fishes like salmon and sardines). It should be noted that it is not currently recommended that you only get your Omega-3s from fish sources as they are still figuring out the mercury issues. Other sources are flax seeds, eggs (only the ones with the label Omega-3), walnuts and lamb.

Fit's Tip: I have known a few women who have taken fish oil supplements during pregnancy because Omega-3s have been linked to aiding in the development of babies brains. A word of caution for anyone considering it: burping fish and morning sickness. To prevent this, look for fish oils with the term "molecularly distilled" on the label, which should eliminate the gross burps.

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