What's Really in Your Food
THE CLAIM: "Contains omega-3s"
When a package bears the word contains before any nutrient, the food
must contain at least 10 percent of the daily value of that nutrient per
serving, says Blake. When it comes to omega-3 fatty acids, it's also important
to know which type of omega-3 the food contains. DHA and EPA — the omega-3 fats
found in fish — are the ones most commonly linked to a lower risk of heart
Bottom line: You can trust any contains claims. If a food
doesn't specify which omega-3 it offers, check the ingredient list.
Originally published on July 9, 2008
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