Health News: Adding Fish Oil to Yogurt May Help People Meet Nutrition Requirements

A study published in the Journal of Dairy Science shows that it may be possible to achieve the suggested daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids by incorporating them into a serving of savory-flavored yogurt.

“The international popularity of yogurt and the health-promoting properties associated with probiotics, minerals, vitamins, and milk proteins suggest yogurt could be an excellent vehicle for the delivery of omega-3 fatty acids,” said lead author Susan E. Duncan.

The researchers tested different levels of fish oil in a savory chili-and-lime-flavored yogurt. One hundred untrained consumers who were generally nutritionally motivated and aware of the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids evaluated the overall acceptance and flavor of the chili-lime yogurt enriched with butter oil or fish oil. Fifty percent “liked extremely” or “neither liked nor disliked” the yogurt. Thirty-nine percent reported they would be highly likely or likely to consume the product. The remaining eleven percent reported disliking the chili-lime flavor or the lack of sweetness in the product.

The researchers concluded that there is potential for consumption of the daily suggested intake of omega-3 fatty acids in yogurt.