Nov 5th, 2009 by Giselle
Fats have received such bad reputation that individuals attempting to lose weight quickly often try to eliminate this food group totally from their diets. Consequently, their intakes of omega 6, omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E become marginal. Let’s find out how we can control our fats intake without compromising our intakes of these nutrients. This article examines which nuts and seeds deliver the greatest density of these nutrients and how we can make them a part of our weight management diet.
The tables below list the food items in order of decreasing density of each nutrient:
|Good plant sources of omega 6 fatty acids|
|Good plant sources of omega 3 fatty acids|
|Good plant sources of vitamin E|
In conclusion, for great nutrient-dense plant sources of omega 6, omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E, have a couple of handfuls of walnuts, sunflower seeds and almonds daily!
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Shrapnel B, Baghurst K. Adequacy of essential fatty acid, vitamin D and vitamin E intake: implications for the ‘core’ and ‘extras’ food group concept of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. 2007; 64: 7885.
Shrapnel B. The importance of nutrient density in implementing recommendations for fats. Nutr Diet 2007; 64(Suppl.1): S40.