by Marion Nestle
Nov 22 2008

Upgraded health claim for omega-3?

Yes Virginia, there is indeed a trade association for everything and omega-3 fats have their very own.  This one is hard at work trying to get the FDA to approve a full health claim (as opposed to the current qualified claim) for omega-3 fatty acids and heart disease risk.  The FDA now allows this statement: “Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease” (my emphasis). I can understand why the omega-3 industry wants something stronger.  Health claims, as I keep insisting, are about marketing, not health.

  • i agree completely. those claims will be on cereal or crackers, but not on fish. sigh….

  • Omega 3 is so wonderful for our health. It helps with our heart health,arthritis, mood disorders, skin,eyes and brain health. So as you can see the statement should read the magic pill has finally arrived because omega 3 can help with just about everything. It is great that someone is working to get the fda to make a stronger statement about it. But the fda is all about money and omega 3 comes from natural sources so they really are not interested.
    To Learn More About -> Omega 3

  • Daniel Ithaca,NY

    Since I know that nutrients in foods work best when they’re together–like a symphony, I focus on eating healthy WHOLE food.
    There are many benefits from eating Walnuts:

    or Flax Seed (I like to use coffee grinder, then store them and walnuts in their jar in the refrigerator)

    Both are a great plant-based source of protein, provide us with fiber to keep our gut healthy, are high in Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and taste yummy in a green smoothie or with soy yogurt!

  • I think flax-seeds are best i like Daniel mentioned earlier is a good option too for omega 3

  • Flax is not food. It tastes like fermented earwax. It’s a food-like plant, but minus the taste benefits of breeding. Where is the flax flavor breeding program?!? 🙂