Updated: Mar 25, 2019
Going vegan? It’s easy to get omega-3's (fish free!).
Omega-3’s refer to docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA, which comes from plants and is converted to DHA and EPA). Essential fatty acids are important for optimal health and provide benefits to our brains, eyes, skin and heart. Sure, they can be found in fatty fish, but there are plenty of cruelty free, plant-based options.
Seaweed and algae are excellent sources of DHA and EPA and also have lots of protein and antioxidants.
Chia seeds, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds contain plenty of ALA and can be added to oatmeal and used in overnight oats and pudding (pictured here by Honest Grocer).
Finally, add edamame, kidney beans, walnuts or pecans to salads, rice bowls or a stir fry for an extra dose of omega 3s.
Need another reason (or three) to go fish-free?
1. Recent research shows that taking fish oil supplements do not prevent heart disease, in fact may even be more detrimental for health.
2. Whole fish and supplements can be contaminated with mercury and plastics from the ocean. 3. Fish are sentient beings - they feel pain, they cooperate, can recognize themselves and others, and their senses may be just as good or better than humans! Now go love a fish today. ⠀ 📷 Honest Grocer ⠀ ⠀