Thursday, February 10, 2011

Omega-3 Fats From Walnuts Versus Fatty Fish

Omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in fatty fish, have been shown to reduce the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Therefore, eating fish is one way to reduce your risk of heart disease.

Interestingly enough, in a study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers compared the effects of walnuts and fatty fish on blood lipids and found that walnuts reduced total and LDL or bad cholesterol while fatty fish reduced triglyceride levels.

Both high LDL cholesterol and high triglyceride levels can lead to cardiovascular disease. Based on the study results, the researchers suggest eating a diet that contains both walnuts and fatty fish as a means of reducing cardiovascular disease risk.

Eating 1 to 1.5 grams of walnuts and 5 grams of omega-3 fats from fish or fish oil should be adequate.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

If you have heart disease, high blood pressure or other cardiovascular disease risk, talk to a registered dietitian about the best course of action when it comes to diet and nutrition. You can find a registered dietitian/RD by visiting, the American Dietetic Association website. Nearly 70,000 registered dietitians are ready to serve.
Did you read today's Daily Diet Guide?