Fish is not a health food (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

Fish is not a health food (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

“I was vegan for a very long time and I’ve had to introduce fish and omegas into my life because my brain wasn’t functioning properly” says 27-year-old singer Miley Cyrus. She has been given some bad advice…

We need omega-3s in our diet, these healthy polyunsaturated fats have an essential role in many processes in the body including brain function. However, you do not need to eat fish to get omega3s and doing so could do you more harm than good.

Omega-3 fats

The omega-3 fat ALA is found in many plants foods such as flaxseeds, rapeseeds, hempseeds, walnuts, soya and their oils. You can get all you need from just two tablespoons a day of ground flaxseed (ground seeds are best because whole seeds can just pass straight through you!) and a small handful of walnuts, or two teaspoons of flaxseed oil (use in sauces and dressings as heating destroys the beneficial properties).

ALA is converted in the body into the long-chain omega-3s EPA and DHA. If you want to take a belt and braces approach, take a vegan algal-based supplement containing EPA and DHA – fish get their omega-3s from algae.

Miley Cyrus Thinks Fish Is A Health Food: Here’s Why She’s Wrong

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