Tuna, Sardines and
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
What are you having for lunch today? If you're not eating two meals a week that include fish, or some form of Omega 3, you're not getting enough. The FDA & The American Heart Association (The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.) recommends to "Eat up to 12 ounces (2 average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish". The health benefits of eating fatty fish that contain Omega 3 are substantial. While on going research is not conclusive, it does suggest that increasing your fish intake will bring desirable health benefits. Pastene's Tonno and Sardines (all packed in olive oil) are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids.
Dr. Lester M. Crawford, Acting FDA Commissioner has said "Coronary Artery Disease is a significant health problem that causes 500,000 deaths annually in the United States, This new qualified health claim for omega-3 fatty acids should help consumers as they work to improve their health by identifying foods that contain these important compounds."1
While omega-3 acids may not be essential to the diet, scientific evidence indicates Omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial in reducing coronary artery disease. The Mediterranean diet consists of a healthier balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids than the western diet, and many studies have shown that people who follow this diet are less likely to develop heart disease. The Mediterranean diet does not include much meat (which is high in omega-6 fatty acids) and emphasizes foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, including whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil, garlic, as well as moderate wine consumption.
Further research on Omega 3 fatty acids indicate that they can be very useful tool to combat other disease. The University of Maryland Medical Center states "Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent risk factors associated with chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. These essential fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be particularly important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. "