Health Tips: Something’s (NOT) Fishy Here

200 mg DHA or EPA the average American consumes daily

500 mg American Heart Association’s recommendation

900 mg recommendation for those with coronary disease

Because Americans on the whole eat a diet low in fish and seafood, children and adults have a “nutrition gap” in the area of omega-3 fats, most significantly DHA and EPA. Bruce J. Holub, PhD, says DHA and EPA are well known to prevent or minimize the effects of inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, to promote heart health, and to limit the effects of heart disease.

Alex Richardson, PhD, is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England; the founder and director of the United Kingdom charity Food and Behavior (FAB) Research; and author of the book They Are What You Feed Them. He says “[the] physical risks to children from a nutritionally poor diet are now acknowledged, but the damage being done to their behavior, their learning abilities, and mood is not.”