Omega-3 fatty acids are the holy grail of healthy fats. You don’t want to cut these out of your diet.
Omega-3s are always deemed as an essential part of your diet because they are not only needed for health, but also for function. And, unlike other fats, the body can’t produce them on its own.
We’re going to dive into this good-for-you fat so you can better understand why it’s so important to incorporate them into your daily diet.
Omega fats vs other fats.
Omega-3s are built a little differently than other fats. They are polyunsaturated, which means they have several double bonds in their chemical structure. As we mentioned before, we can’t produce these fats on our own, we have to consume them. Typically, they come from natural sources and animals, while other fats, like the ones we are about to dive into, are processed or filled with not-so-good properties.
The fat that you can cut out of your life forever. Thankfully, they have been officially banned in the US. Why?
Trans fats have no known health benefits. There are also no safe levels of consumption.
If that wasn’t clear enough—STAY AWAY FROM TRANS FATS, please.
Omega-3s you should know.
There are many fatty acids, but these three are the ones you should know (and love).
EPA, or Eicosapentaenoic Acid, are fatty acids that come from animal sources. EPA is a 20-carbon-long that is used to form signaling molecules that are known to be effective in treating depression and anxiety.
DHA, or Docosahexaenoic Acid is another long chain omega 3 fatty acid. This 22-carbon-long omega-3 is specifically known for its effective anti-inflammatory properties. So, when you’re experiencing joint pain, adding more DHA omega-3s can help. By adding more of this type of fat into your diet opposed to saturated fats, you can help prevent arthritis from forming.
Lastly, we have the short chain omega-3 fatty acid called ALA. Short for Alpha-Linolenic Acid, this fatty acid commonly comes from plant sources. Leafy greens and nuts are packed with this fatty acid, but they don’t provide the body with many benefits on their own.
For the body to get essential nutrients from ALA, it must be converted into an EPA or DHA first. By relying on greens and nuts for your main source of fatty acid, you won’t be giving your body much to work with. Most ALA you eat will simply be used for energy.
Benefits of omega-3s.
There are endless benefits of incorporating more omega-3s into your body. Besides the benefits we have already covered, you can expect the following from these good-for-you fats.
Lowered risk for heart disease
Rid the liver of excess fat
Relieves joint pain and inflammation
Supports growth in children
Can reduce the risk of color, breast, and prostate cancer
Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
Reduces the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's
What foods have omega-3s?
Most foods have a combination of fats, but these, in particular, boast the highest amount of omega-3 fats.
Cold water fish
Dark, leafy vegetables
Nuts, such as almonds, peanuts, pecans, cashews, and more.
How Soylent uses Omega-3s.
Fat is a slow-burning, long-term source of energy that helps keep you satiated for longer. Soylent products contain sustainably-sourced canola and sunflower oils, which provide omega-3s and omega-6s, low saturated fat, and 0g of trans fat per serving.
The fats in Soylent help maintain a low glycemic index, create a more satisfying mouthfeel in our drinks, and keep you feeling full until your next mealtime—plus, they provide 500mg of omega-3s.
Because one of our goals is to keep you feeling full so you don’t snack or feel hungry between meals, while providing you with optimal taste, we have included a higher amount of fat in Soylent than some of the other meal-replacement drinks on the market. Our macronutrient mix (carbs/fat/protein) gives you short-term energy carbs to get you going, and long-term energy fats to keep you going.