Guidelines promote seafood, vitamin D intake
FoodBusinessNews.net, Jan. 31, 2011
by Jeff Gelski
WASHINGTON - The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans include a new quantitative recommendation for seafood intake. The recommendation of 8 oz or more per week (less for young children) is more than twice the current mean intake of 3.5 oz per week in the United States.
Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the “2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.” Every five years for the past three decades, USDA and HHS issue updated Guidelines, which serve as the basis for all Federal food and nutrition education programs like the iconic food pyramid.
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Vital Choices] by Craig Weatherby - Aug 27, 2010 - Unprecedented brain scans of healthy boys given supplemental omega-3 DHA revealed brain activity patterns opposite from those seen in boys with ADHD.
A growing body of evidence links higher blood levels of DHA to better cognitive function and attention, and visual development (Hoffman DR et al. 2009).
Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, and those at high risk of - or who have -cardiovascular disease.
15 Apr 2009
More and more foods are being touted as functional foods. But what are functional foods and which ones are the most beneficial? On April 1, 2009, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) released a position statement on functional foods that said fortified, enriched or enhanced foods can benefit a person’s health when consumed as part of a varied diet. In an effort to further educate the public on suchfoods, the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA) surveyed its leadership and asked them to choose the top functional foods based on health benefits and value.
WASHINGTON, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today spoke on the growing body of research showing that pregnant women should be eating more fish during their pregnancies.
New research, including a recent FDA report, shows that pregnant women aren’t eating enough seafood and that babies benefit significantly when their mothers eat plenty of fish during pregnancy. The research indicates that the typical low seafood American diet actually hinders optimal brain development among babies.
Fish is rich in many nutrients, including healthful omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain and eye development in babies. Fish is also good for mom’s brain, heart and weight.
Follow these recommendations for eating fish if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or when feeding fish to young children.
Eat a variety of seafood
Eat 12 oz of seafood every week (2-3 meals)
Half of the fish you eat every week (6 oz) can be white albacore tuna
Australian researchers reviewed nine published studies that included a total of 88,974 participants, including 3,203 people with AMD. The combined findings from the studies suggest that a high dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids is associated with a 38 percent reduced risk of late (advanced) AMD, and that eating fish twice a week is associated with a reduced risk of both early and late AMD.
The study was published in the June issue of the journal Archives of Ophthalmology.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
While research on the wide-ranging health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids is still in its early stages, we do know that these fats are good for your heart. Most Americans eat a diet too heavy in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3s, resulting in a ratio of the two that is about 20 times what researchers estimate it should be for optimal health.
Mercury enters the water from man-made and natural sources, such as volcanoes. Fish have always absorbed mercury through their food. Most fish contains trace amounts of mercury and the average concentration in the 10 most popular commercial fish is 5 times safer than the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s limit of 1.0 part per million.