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Fish Allergies and Omega-3′s – Everything You Needed to Know

Posted Nov 11 2013 8:49am

fishing_in_ireland There’s a lot of talk about omega-3 fatty acids being beneficial for one’s health (even part of one of the super foods in this article ).

However, as with anything that’s too much, it’s no different with consuming too much of this nutrient as well. With a number of products now being fortified with omega-3 fatty acids, there’s every chances of individuals consuming too much of this nutrient, thus asking for trouble in the process.

Yet there’s another complication to this claim that consuming this nutrient in excess can be harmful and that is, experts aren’t sure as to how much consumption can turn out to be harmful.

However, speaking of complications, this possibility of overdoing the consumption of omega-3 fatty acid isn’t much of a problem for those with fish allergies .

So, we’re back to the same place where we began: how we can get these people to consume a ‘safe’ amount of omega-3 fatty acids from sources that aren’t fish.

A Note on Fish Allergies

fishingforattention Before we jump to conclusions, shellfish and fish aren’t the same. So, if you are one of those people who suffer from a fish allergy, then it doesn’t mean you should avoid shellfish too.

Simply put, a shellfish and fish allergy isn’t the same. However, when it comes to the proverbial fish allergy, it is a lifelong one. No matter what, people with a fish allergy must stay away from finned fish of all kinds or else risk the symptoms of the allergy and of which anaphylaxis is the worst of all.

The reason why this allergy occurs, and much like other allergies is due to the body’s reaction to the protein in the fish itself. Another reason why people are allergic to finned fish is because of the presence of fish parasites too.

Quite sadly, the person who has this allergy (almost 40 percent of them experience it first in their childhood) misses out on the taste that finned fish have to offer and in being an excellent source of protein but also not being able to benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids that are present in fish as well.

So, this means that one has to look for other sources of omega-3 fatty acids and which we’ll cover in the next section.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids – A List of Alternate Sources

Now that’s we understand why fish allergies and omega-3′s don’t necessarily work for each since the former  makes it difficult for one to get this nutrient in sufficient amounts.

With that said, here is a list of alternate sources of omega-3 fatty acids :

1) Seeds such as flaxseed, hempseed, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds
2) Oils derived from seeds such as flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, canola oil, wheat germ oil and soybean oil as well as seal oil and shark liver oil
3) Green leafy veggies such as spinach, purslane, mustard greens, collards, broccoli and kale
4) Nuts like walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, Pecan nuts, Hazelnuts, Brazil nuts and butternuts
5) Soy and Tofu
6) Eggs produced by chicken and which are only fed greens and insects
7) Meat like beef, chicken and lamb
8) Commercial products fortified with omega-3 fatty acids such as milk, cheese,  yoghurt, mayonnaise, bread, orange juice, children’s pasta, pizza, infant formula and confections

In Closing

So, are there any other sources of omega-3 fatty acids that you can think of, apart from that available in finned fish? If so, feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Also, here is an article on sushi nutrition .

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