Omega-3 also called as healthy fat, is an essential fatty acid.
Essential means that you need to consume it because your body can’t make it. Thankfully, our bodies can make all the omegas we need by using omega 3 and omega 6.
Omega 6 is easily consumed in our diets because it is present in nearly every oil, nuts, and seeds. Unfortunately, that is not the case with Omega 3.
An imbalance is created because we eat a LOT of omega 6 and not enough omega 3. Deficiency in omega 3 can lead to cardiovascular diseases. A possible reason (one of the reasons) why vegetarians and vegans get heart attacks.
Yes, we have heard it a million times that plant-based diet (vegan or vegetarian) lack omega-3 which is otherwise widely available in fish and other seafood. However, we need to trust in nature.
Nature has intelligently distributed all the nutrients that we need in plants so that we do not have to eat animals in order to live healthily. Anyway, that is a different debate altogether. Let’s learn how to get omega-3 in a vegan or vegetarian diet:
Flax seeds (Alsi) is the best plant-based source of omega 3
I remember reading somewhere that Mahatma Gandhi used to include flax seeds in his diet daily. In fact, he said that where there is Alsi (flax), there can’t be illness. In many villages in India flax is still commonly used.
However, most of us have seemed to forget about this magic seed. Maybe the West needs to do a publicized research on benefits of Flax just like it did for Quinoa so that we can learn to appreciate Indian native food. Damn it, why do we seek validation from the West?
How to use flax seeds?
I don’t think that there is anyone who would like to chew flax seeds so the best way to use them is by grinding them. The flaxseed powder can then be used in many recipes. I am going to put together some flaxseed recipes soon.