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Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids

Good Fat and Bad Fat

Not all fat is bad for you. We require certain types of fat as part of a healthy diet. Unfortunately, many people eat too much of the wrong kind of fat.  

Most dieticians recommend we limit our intake of saturated fat, avoid trans fatty acids as much as possible, and increase our intake of unsaturated fat.

Polyunsaturates are one type of unsaturated fat. They include Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids. Since our bodies cannot make these fats, they must be obtained from foods.

Today diets are typically high in sources of Omega-6 but low in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are found almost exclusively in marine animals and plants. All seafood provides some quantity of Omega-3, but cold-water fish, like the herring packed by BRUNSWICK®, contain the highest amounts of these heart healthy fatty acids (DHA and EPA).


Researchers believe there is an imbalance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 in our diets, and this imbalance has caused an increase in a number of diseases. Omega-3 and Omega-6 interact with each other so the balance between them is crucial for good health. Eating more seafood helps to equalize this balance to ensure a healthy diet.

Eating two cans of BRUNSWICK® Sardines a week provides between 2 and 3 grams of the Omega-3 you need to promote good health.


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