Fish, flax seeds, fortified eggs: the health benefits of all these things have been trumpeted on labels and in articles for the past few years on account of their containing omega-3 fatty acids. What I never knew is that there are in fact three different types of omega-3s, and that eating them can not only help prevent heart disease and depression, but for an entirely different reason also help prevent cancer. I now know the difference between an omega-3 and an omega-6, why we need both, and why we need to keep the levels of both balanced in our bodies.
I learned all of this and more from the second article in Salon’s food series. Go read it, and eat healthier.