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Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Many different foods contain omega-3 fatty acids, but the content varies considerably. When trying to achieve your daily intake of 2,000 mg of omega-3’s, it’s best to eat foods chock full of them. As you review the chart below, you’ll notice that some foods (like Alaskan salmon, ground flax seeds and walnuts) are very high in omega-3 fatty acid content, while others provide lesser amounts.

Harris Teeter Naturals Brown Flax Seeds
Brown Flax Seeds 3,500 mg
Harris Teeter Naturals Walnuts Halves and Pieces
Walnuts 2,300 mg
Alaskan Salmon
Alaskan Salmon 2,100 mg
Tuna 300 mg
Squash 300 mg
Broccoli 200 mg

Eating only foods that provide a small amount of omega-3’s per serving means you’d need to eat 7-10 servings per day to reach your daily omega-3 intake goal! However, small amounts do add up and contribute towards meeting your goal and we feel it’s important to enjoy a wide variety of foods in moderation. We simply want you to realize that the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids are cold water fish, ground flax seeds, and walnuts.

Fish oil supplements are a good option for those of us who don’t enjoy or can’t eat fish and nuts (read labels carefully, and aim for a total daily dose of 2,000 mg of EPA +DHA together). If you enjoy eating high omega-3 fatty acid foods regularly, using a fish oil supplement can still be good for you, but the emphasis should be on dietary sources of omega-3’s whenever possible.

Look for products that guarantee purity, like those from Nordic Naturals available at Harris Teeter.