I actually think it’s a huge misunderstanding—along with the ubiquitous perception that the only good source is fish or fish oil supplements. It is true that you can get omega-3 fatty acids from seafood, but it is also true that there are healthier sources.
So what’s not healthy about seafood? Three words: fat, cholesterol and pollutants. Equally important is what is missing: fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Like all animal products, they have none of those powerful nutrients that are so vital to our health.
I recently heard someone ask Dr. T. Colin Campbell (author of The China Study) this question. “If you’re not eating seafood, where do you get your omega-3s and how do you know if you’re getting enough?”
He explained that the ratio of the “healthy” omega-3 and the not-so-healthy omega-6 is more important. We get lots of omega-6 from our toxic Western diet of meat and dairy three meals a day—thereby increasing the amount of omega-3 needed to have a healthy ratio.
But, if we include lots of whole plants in our diet, our need for omega-3 drops so much that we don’t even have to worry about it.
So why does your medical doctor eat lots of seafood and why does he/she advise you to do the same? It’s because we live in a world where over 90% of us are eating a toxic diet with lots of omega-6; hence, we need a lot of omega-3 in our diet to improve our ratio. Further, most doctors have not yet learned about the power of plant-based nutrition to prevent or even reverse most chronic diseases.
The much healthier option is to consume a diet that is rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. If we’re eating mostly whole plants, we won’t need much omega-3 and can easily get all that we need from plant-foods like walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds.
You may be asking, “Why doesn’t my doctor know that?” It’s because medical doctors receive little, if any, formal training in nutrition.
But the good news is that there is a growing group of docs who are learning it on their own—and two of them (along with Dr. Campbell) recently influenced President Bill Clinton to adopt a diet of mostly whole plants with no meat and no dairy. And by doing so, he has reversed his chronic heart disease.
By the way, our former president has never looked better. After two years on a whole foods, plant-based, near-vegan diet, he is living proof of the magic of feeding your body the right fuel. Take a look at him in this 30-second video. This is not an endorsement for Obama on my part; so just mute the sound if you just want to see how Clinton is looking these days.
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Note: Most of the above article appeared on the Food Channel earlier this year. My deal with them is that I provide with fresh content that has never been posted anywhere before. But after that content has made it’s debut there, I am free to use it on my own blog or anywhere else.
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Here are a few more of my earlier blogs on the topic of omega-3 and vitamins in general:
- An earlier blog on this topic. Omega-3; more bad news than good these days
- Playing it “safe” with vitamin supplements? Think again!
- Omega-3, sodium & potassium—Think ratios
- Multivitamins? Harmful, harmless or helpful? Dr. Greger
- Vitamins; a review — with new info on B12 from Dr. Greger
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
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Thanks for your clarity on omega 3 today. In all of my readings, including Dr. Campbell, I don’t remember it ever being put so simply. If we eat less (or no) animals and more whole plants, the need for omega 3 is reduced and CAN be obtained from the typical sources my wife and I eat daily, flax, walnuts and chia. Thanks for this post.
John, Thank you very much for your comment. You know my objective is to provide as much clarity as possible in this very complex topic. In my training as an industrial engineer, I was taught that we must do our best to make complex things simple—so that the least intelligent or the least educated among will have no trouble understanding. That’s always my goal. After all, how much simpler could it really get? Two words. Whole Plants.
Be well, Jim Hicks
The supermarket tabloids in some recent stories have Bill Clinton almost dead. They said is heart is failing and he has lost a lot of weight. Also that Hillary is divorcing him and he is begging her not to leave him. They make no mention of his heart surgery or that he has changed his lifestyle to a plant based diet.
Go to 46:00 in the following link for information on Omega-3 sources and fish.
I have seen Bill Clinton twice in the past 2 years. The first time in 2010, I was stunned at how healthy and fit he looked, and I couldn’t help telling him so when I was within 5 feet of him in support of his new way of eating. It is great to have such a statesmen in support of Dr Esselstyn and Dr. Campbell.
Thanks for the this post and all your wonderful work.
Penny Smyth Lyme, CT
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