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It’s better than salmon for omega-3? It’s vegan?

2 Degrees includes quinoa in our bars, because this heritage grain provides all essential amino acids, a nutritional profile predominantly reserved for meat products. These essential amino acids are extra important to include in your diet, since the body needs them to survive but is incapable of producing them.

Another essential nutrient the body is incapable of producing is omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital for normal human metabolism.

Consumers are accustomed to hearing about the high omega-3 content of salmon and other fatty fish. However, these fish are not a sustainable source of omega-3. Indeed, salmon populations are at a mere fraction of their historical robustness, and farmed salmon is unsustainable from a holistic ecological perspective: for every pound of farmed salmon meat, several pounds of fish-based feeding pellets are consumed. This net biomass loss is threatening to implode the vastly complex oceanic ecology. To boot, genetically modified farmed salmon escape their hatcheries and contaminate the already weak genetic pool of natural salmon. For your omega-3, salmon is not a sound option.

A fantastic vegan option for omega-3 is chia, salivia hispanica, a species of flowering mint that is native to Mexico and Guatemala. Natural oils from chia seed have a lipid profile which boasts over 60% omega-3 fatty acids, the highest percentage of any commercially available source. Among other attributes, omega-3 fatty acids are associated with cardiovascular health, arthritis prevention, enhanced immune function and possible anti-cancer properties.

Every 2 Degrees bar contains nutrient-rich chia and we’re proud to offer this robust, all-natural food. Next time you look for omega-3, instead of the oceans look to chia. It’s a healthier choice for you and world we live in.

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