Many of us think ‘fat’, is a dirty word, but fat is actually an essential part of our diet, with many health benefits.
The key is to eat the right fights and ditch the dodgy fats that can do our bodies more harm than good.
A recent study found that eight out of 10 Australians have low levels of Omega-3s. This is worrying news, as Omega-3s are necessary for optimum health, including reducing risk of cardiovascular disease, inflammatory diseases, and mood disorders.
Omega-3 is an essential fat: our bodies can’t make this itself, so it’s only source is from the food we eat.
It’s an unsaturated fat that has many health benefits, especially if you cut out saturated fats in your diet, such as those found in processed foods, pastries and take away meals.
You can include healthy Omega-3 fats to your diet by eating:
If you’re worried about your Omega-3 levels, then a simple, self-administered finger prick test can tell you your levels. Together with your healthcare practitioner, you can analyse the results and make the necessary lifestyle changes.
The Omega-3 index Test is available through selected practitioners and pharmacies. A full list of participants is available here.