Thursday, March 24, 2011

Omega3 Summit in Belgium - eat more ALA

Chia Friends

On March 3-4 a Global Summit on Nutrition was held in Bruges, Belgium. The main thrust of the meeting was to discuss omega3 fatty acids in human nutrition.

At the end of the summit a series of Consensus Statements was signed by the participants.

One of the statements read "Reduce LA and increase ALA in human and animal diets". This statement was made in reference to increasing the amount of omega3 in human tissues, since increased omega3 is key to improved human health.

So what does this mean for us?

We need to reduce the amount of LA we eat (which is omega6 and is found in corn, soybeans and similar foods) and increase the amount of ALA we eat which is found in chia as well as few other foods, although in lesser quantities.