My daughter loves shrimp. I’m talking utterly obsessed with it! In fact, she makes us go to ‘Benihanna’ at least once a month so she can enjoy her shrimp hibachi. I’m not complaining – because as a mom – I know that shrimp carries all kinds of delicious goodness for my little ones – including Omega-3s.
Omega-3’s, also known as “good fats”, are a group of essential fatty acids. There are 3 types of omega-3’s: ALA, EPA and DHA. Scientists agree that DHA consumed in the diet can become available to support brain, eye and heart health.
Some Fast Facts:
- DHA is found primarily in fatty fish
- 160 mg of DHA a day is recommended by leading health authorities but Americans average about 60-80 mg per day.
- Children often have even lower intake – children ages 1-6 years old were shown to have an average DHA intake of 20 mg/day.
YIKES! We need to change those statistics and fast.
PS – Not a fish eater? No problem!! You can also get your Omega-3s from flaxseeds, flaxseeds oil, walnuts, walnut oils, soybeans, soybean oil, and canola oil.
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DHA belongs to a category of healthy fatty acids known as Omega-3’s. DHA is a major structural fat in the body, and has been shown to support brain, heart and eye health. Not only is DHA found in foods like salmon and eggs, but it can also be found in Horizon® Organic Milk enhanced with DHA Omega-3. Learn more about Horizon’s commitment to healthy families at http://www.horizondairy.com/everyday-nutrition/dha-omega-3/
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon. The opinions expressed by me do not necessarily reflect the view of the Horizon Organic brand.
Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences (2005). Dietary reference intakes for energy, carbohydrates, fiber, fat, fatty acids, cholesterol, protein and amino acids (macronutrients). The National Academies Press, Washington DC (pp. 470-472.)