subject: long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid

How Much DHA Should Be in Human Milk?

How Much DHA Should Be in Human Milk?

The goal of infant formula is to mimic breast milk composition. When considering milk components that vary widely across and within populations, whose breast milk should be used as the gold standard? For example, the breast milk concentration of DHA, a long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid implicated in brain growth and development, is influenced by DHA in the mother's diet, and diets vary among populations. Read More...

Getting More Omega-3 Fatty Acids from Milk

Getting More Omega-3 Fatty Acids from Milk

In the early 20th century, vitamin D was added to commercial cow’s milk in response to the rise in malnourished children and adults with insufficient amounts of this essential nutrient in their diets. Today, many Americans and other populations consuming a primarily Western diet face another nutritional challenge. Despite having plentiful amounts of fat, the Western diet is lacking in a specific group of fatty acids called omega-3s, touted for their benefits to heart and brain health. In an effort to increase omega-3 intake, food manufacturers have started fortifying commonly consumed foods, including breads, cereals and eggs, with these essential fatty acids. Cow’s milk also is getting in on the act, in more ways than one. Do more omega-3s for cows mean more omega-3s for milk consumers? Read More...