14th Jul 2015

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Here at Spanky’s Kitchen we take great pride in the quality ingredients we use to create our brownies, blondies and cookies. We’re proud of our plant-based treats that follow the vegan diet.

Today we are going to introduce you to omega-3 fatty acids. For starters, the Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) a short-chain omega-3 fatty acid that is an essential nutrient. Requirements are so small that it’s easy for vegans to get enough from some plant foods. For instance, you can meet your entire needs for the day by consuming 3 to 4 walnut halves or a tablespoon of canola oil.

Secondly, DHA and EPA are the long-chain omega-3 fats most commonly found in fish and sea vegetables like seaweed. DHA and EPA are not considered essential nutrients. However, they are linked to some health benefits like reduced risk for heart disease. Most vegans do not have enough DHA and EPA in their diets and supplements are often recommended.

So, what’s the big deal? According to a study on how environment and biology affect children, the presence of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet can decrease antisocial and criminal behavior problems over time. Omega-3 fatty acids are also critical to brain development and function. A lack of the oil in your diet, especially children’s diets, often points to emotional and behavioral issues. Low levels of DHA also may raise risk for depression and, in older people, cognitive decline.

Are you getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet? Consider eating more plant-based foods high in omega-3 fatty acids or taking supplements to stay healthy.

Patty Manousos
Chief Operating Officer