Q & A with Melissa Stevens, MS, RD, LD,
Nutrition Program Coordinator for Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation
Q: I heard I should eat more food rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. What is it and what should I eat?
A: Omega-3 fatty acids are called essential fatty acids because the human body needs them to survive but cannot make them on their own; they must be consumed in the diet. Omega-3 fatty acids decrease risk of cardiovascular disease.
High amounts of Omega-3 fatty acid can be found in fish like mackerel, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon. We recommend you include 2 fish meals in your diet each week. Omega-3 fatty acids can also be found in plant sources such as flaxseeds, flax oil, canola oil, walnuts and soybean oil.
For more information on Omega-3 fatty acids and good food sources, see:
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For more information on a heart-healthy diet plan, please contact the Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation Program at 216.444.9353 (or toll-free at 800.223.2273, extension 49353) and we can schedule a nutrition consultation.