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Old 08-19-2009, 08:54 PM   #1
Adam Ahern
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walnuts and omega 3

yes, i eat wild salmon pretty often now (and have used fish oil in the past) but can i get any real benefit from eating walnuts (in terms of omega 3)? My understanding is that the omega 3's contained in cold water fish are superior to those found in flaxseeds/walnuts (something to do with conversion). If this is true, are walnuts still worth eating for the omega 3 nonetheless?

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Old 08-19-2009, 11:35 PM   #2
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Re: walnuts and omega 3

Bear in mind that the ideal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 is thought to be 1:2, and the ratio of those fats in walnuts is something like 1:4.3 - so no, I wouldn't eat walnuts as a source of omega-3 because by doing so you're actually moving away from that ideal ratio.

However, walnuts have the best (or "least unfavourable") ratio of all the nuts, so they're the best nut to go for. But eating them doesn't remove the need for oily fish, fish oil or other sources of omega-3's.

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Old 08-20-2009, 12:49 AM   #3
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Re: walnuts and omega 3

I swear every time I read the omega ratio for Walnuts it's completely different. I've seen the ratio as high as 10:1 / 6's:3's. Omega 3 fish oil is your best bet to be safe anyway. If you're taking daily fish oil (over 2.5 grams) and mixing up your nuts, you don't need to worry about it.
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:42 AM   #4
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Re: walnuts and omega 3

good answers guys. just as i suspected.
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:56 AM   #5
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Re: walnuts and omega 3

I do similar to what Shaun says, I just take my daily fish oil and donīt worry about getting omega 3īs from food, even though I do eat fish a few times a week, but not everyda. And I switch nuts and seeds a lot, no way Iīm gonna limit myself to just īthe bestī nut.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:56 AM   #6
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Re: walnuts and omega 3

It's also ALA rather than EPA or DHA, so you're only going to actually get about 5-10% of the omega-3 content of the walnuts converted to the human-usable form.
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