Omega 3 Fortified Foods – Are They Worth It?


Honey lime salmon on the plate

The food industry knows that many of you are aware that omega 3 fats are the darlings of the healthy fat world, and they are finding very clever ways to exploit these essential fats as “added value” in their products. You can now find a growing list of “omega 3 fortified” foods including: peanut butter, milk, orange juice, spreads, yogurt, cereals, bread, and cheese.

Unfortunately, most have just a smidgen of omega 3 fats per serving (yet they charge a premium), and frequently it is in the form of ALA. ALA is the plant-based form of omega 3 fat and although our bodies can convert it into the biologically active “human” forms, DHA and EPA, the conversion is woefully inefficient.

With the exception of omega 3-fortified eggs (which I do recommend), I would save my money for the foods that provide plentiful amounts of DHA and EPA naturally, like salmon.

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