Eessential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) and Kids Health Living

Essential Fatty Acids are necessary for your child’s immune system and brain development because their body CANNOT produce them.. They must come from food. There are 2 kinds of EFA’s, omega 6found in oils such as safflower, sunflower and corn oils and omega 3 fatty acids which are not as common.

Omega 3’s can be found in flaxseed oil, Soybean, Walnut and wheat germ oils. Other important sources of Omega 3 are oily, cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and sardines. Please note that these must be fresh, not canned. Processing and cooking can destroy the EFA’s in fish. Never heat flaxseed oil as it destroys its properties and always refrigerate. Check the expiration date on the bottle and use before it goes rancid.

Beans such as navy, kidney and soybeans also make great sources of Omega 3 and 6’s. Try and provide a variety of these foods on daily basis to your child to ensure that they are getting enough essential fatty acids. Flaxseeds can also be purchased ground. They can be sprinkled on eggs, in smoothies or pancake mix.

Please make sure that the seeds are ground as they do not digest properly when they are whole.

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