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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

How Important are Omega 3s Do We Need toEat Fish to Get It?



A friend of mine sent me an email with an attached publication written by some group extolling the importance of humans getting enough Omega 3s in our diet. I have read about the importance of Omega 3s since I used to eat hemp seeds and it is advertised as being a rich source of these healthy fats. Which reminds me, it is time to order some more hempseed!!! I love the taste of hempseed and it is easy to use in many foods.

I don;t believe one needs to eat fish in order to get Omega 3s, as repeatedly written in the article, after all the fish is getting the Omega 3s not from itself but from plants, ie from algae and other water growing plants!!! I just love how these typical medical or organization publications write these supposedly helpful information writings and write that a person has to eat animal products to be healthy. Well what about all of the vegan animals out there that are doing just fine, in fact, thriving on their purely plant diets??? I believe humans are also designed to thrive on a purely or mostly vegan diet.

I know Purslane, in fact it grows as a so called weed here, or as I like to say a "wild plant". Purslane is healthy and rich in Omega 3s too. However, it does have the same oxalic acid that is found in Spinach I believe and as such is not recommended to be eaten too often since this acid can deplete minerals from the body or such. Purslane seems to grow the best in compacted soils in seemingly the least favorable conditions. So, it is a good idea to leave areas in the vegetable garden that is untilled, unmaintained, where nutritious wild plants, such as Purslane, Lambsquarters, Nettle, Malva (see photo above), etc., may grow, and provide you with super foods that will do wonders for your body.

I think our modern lifestyles today have taken us away from our gardens and from the wilderness where we would have historically gotten our nutrients, from the wild foods, unwashed and unprocessed. Look at all of the animals out there doing just fine eating what they find in the wild, including vegan animals.

So, that's why I think it is very valuable, even essential for every person to grow their own food and to not wash their food unless they have to. Our overly clean society washes much of the nutrients off of the food. Yes if we just grazed in our vegetable gardens on all of the planted and wild greens there we would get a more complete diet. To me this seems to be the easiest and closest way for us humans to replicate the wild, healthy diet our bodies were designed to consume. That's what my dad taught me and that's why you see me grazing in the vegetable garden or anywhere else I see a healthy dandelion growing!

I do eat purslane, when I am lucky enough to find it growing wild in our garden. It is great in a salad since it is fresh tasting (slightly acidic) and crunchy. Now where do I order my hempseeds??... Oh, that's right...at www.GreenHarmonyLiving.com.

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