This oil has the highest amount of omega-3 fatty acids of all everyday cooking oils (1,300 mg of alpha-linolenic acid per tablespoon; the National Institutes of Health recommends at least 1,600 mg a day for men and 1,100 for women). You probably already have a bottle of it in your kitchen cabinet. Chefs like it for its high smoke point of 468°F—the temperature at which it begins to smoke and lose frying quality—which makes it versatile for cooking, baking, and stir-frying. Here are some surprising omega-3-rich foods that add years to your life.
Flaxseed and Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed boasts a kind of omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which your body then converts to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both of which are found in fish, according to The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide. With its nutty flavor, you can use the oil in smoothies or bake breads with ground flaxseeds. Two tablespoons of ground flaxseed contain 3,800 mg of ALA omega 3s. Need more motivation to add a bag of flaxseed to your shopping cart? Here are 10 healthy reasons to eat more flaxseeds.