Omega 3's that won't break the bank

January 6, 2009 6:39:18 AM PST
Omega 3 fatty acids are known to help cut the risk of heart disease. You can find it in fatty fish like salmon, but salmon can be expensive. Finney shows you how to get omega 3's in your diet without breaking open the piggy bank.

Wild salmon rich in Omega 3 can cost up to $8 a pound or more. But canned or pouched salmon is about $2. Good Housekeeping says it's also less likely to contain environmental contaminants found in farm salmon.

"The reason why you need those Omega 3 fatty acids is because there is a strong relationship between people who get enough Omega 3's and a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and many other chronic diseases," said Samantha Cassetty, Nutrition Dir, Good Houskeeping Institute.

For those who prefer fresh salmon, wild salmon may be the best.

"Wild salmon might say Alaskan salmon or Pacific salmon, and farmed salmon is generally Atlantic salmon," said Cassetty.

Walnuts along with coldwater fish such as herring and sturgeon are also high in Omega 3 fatty acids. You might also want to pile up those anchovies on that pizza.