In search of the elusive omega 3 fat
October 5, 2012 6:20 AM Subscribe
Are you a vegan who has successfully balanced your omega 3/omega 6 fat intake? How did you do it?
posted by indognito to health & fitness (11 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I've been concerned about this for awhile, since so many of the fatty foods I love are rich in omega 6s--tahini, almonds, peanuts, etc., but deficient in omega 3s. I try (with mixed success) to avoid anything made with vegetable oils. I try to eat a lot of leafy greens and flax. I really can't get into chia, though I'd be willing to give it another go.
I'm especially concerned with getting enough DHA and EPA, the kinds of omega 3 fats found in fish. I do take an algal supplement, but it is prohibitively expensive to take more than a small dose per day--approximately 600 mg EPA/DHA combined.
Do any other vegans or knowledgeable nutrition folks have any insight into how to do this? Thanks.
(FWIW, I'm "almost-vegan" for ethical reasons, meaning I don't eat meat or dairy, but do eat eggs from my aunt's chickens.)