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    Can I replace Flax oil with Olive oil?

    Just wondering, can't seem to find flax seed in the grocery store I go to ...

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    YEah you can, it's not quite as efficient as EFA's in flax, but it's still a healthy source of unsaturated fat. And tastes better too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverSiR
    Just wondering, can't seem to find flax seed in the grocery store I go to ...
    Just go to the Vitamin Shoppe....They have all sorts in which to choose from

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    Make sure it's Virgin Olive oil.

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    You can substitute it in your diet, but it's far from the same thing. Olive oil contains primarily monounsaturated fats - the "good" fats that have beneficial effects of cholesterol levels, serum triglycerides, etc.

    Flax oil contains polyunsaturated fats - also "good" fats but more importantly flax contains omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids, which are the essential fats in our diet. Olive oil, as i understand it does not contain nearly the same amounts of these. Most american diets contain a relatively good amount of omega 6, but it is important to make sure you're getting omega 3s. My suggestion, if you can't get flax oil from a health foods store would be to either 1) take supplementary fish oil capsules (predominantly omega 3s) or 2) actually eat fish on a regular basis...that way you're still getting the essential fats that your body needs...especially when your body is under the stress of training or when you are trying to gain weight...

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    Does tuna contain flax oil?

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    No, it has some omega 3 fatty acids, though not many at all. Salmon and other fish are a rich and excellent source of EFA's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rambo
    No, it has some omega 3 fatty acids, though not many at all. Salmon and other fish are a rich and excellent source of EFA's.
    Exactly - aim for "cold water fish" such as salmon - they are much higher in omega 3's. You might also hear them referred to as "fatty fish" - these are the good ones

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