Your Omega-3 Family Shopping List
Baby Food With Omega-3s
Research suggests that the omega-3 fatty acid DHA may help babies develop cognitively, which is why you can find them in:
- Baby cereals
- Infant formula
- Jars of baby food
Other Omega-3 Enhanced Products
Whole and fortified functional foods aren't the only places you'll find omega-3 fatty acids; they're cropping up just about everywhere. You can also find them in:
- Children’s vitamins
- Meal replacement bars
- Protein powders
- Weight loss shakes
- Pet food
- Skin care creams
- Tanning lotions
As with most nutrients, fresh, whole, real foods trump any enriched, fortified or processed foods. Omega fatty acids can oxidize if overly processed or allowed to become stale, so fresh is best.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Talk to Your Doctor
There's little danger of getting too many omega-3s in a typical diet, even with supplements, but it's worth noting that although fish oil supplements (EPA/DHA) are safe for most people, they do have anti-clotting actions and could be dangerous for people with blood clotting disorders or those taking anti-clotting medication. There's little evidence to suggest that an intake of less than 3 grams per day would increase the risk of significant bleeding. DHA has not been associated with bleeding.
If you have questions about how best to add omega-3s to your diet, talk to your doctor.