DHA

DHA for Kids: The Complete Guide for Parents

April 21, 2015
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This is a post from 2009 updated and rewritten to reflect the latest research As a parent, you’ve likely heard about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for kids. In particular, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and its less-talked about partner, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). You can find DHA in fortified food products, seafood, and offered up conveniently […]




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Fortified Foods: The Good, The Bad and The Useless

August 12, 2014
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You’re at the grocery store and you have the choice to buy regular orange juice or the kind with added calcium and vitamin D. Should you do it? How about that milk with DHA for your toddler? In today’s world, it seems every food item has some nutrient added to it to make us healthier. […]




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The New Rules of School Lunch

December 21, 2010
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In early December the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was signed into law. It had been 10 years since the government reauthorized child nutrition programs — and with childhood obesity on the rise many were fighting for real change. The new bill incorporates many positive changes with its $4.5 billion of additional funding for […]




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7 Nutrition Must-Do’s for Family Meal Planning

September 15, 2009
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It takes time and brain power to plan and prepare a weeks’ worth of family meals. But even after all that work, how can you be sure that everyone at the table is meeting their nutrition needs? While it’s not your responsibility to make sure every family member eats, it is your job to provide […]




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Product Review: Carlson for Kids Very Finest Fish Oil

September 11, 2009
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Last week I wrote about how omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, can play a role in preventing ADHD. I have been searching for a DHA/EPA supplement for my almost 3 year-old daughter for some time now. I tried a gummy/candy DHA supplement from Trader Joe’s and she didn’t like it. I’ve tried supplemented food […]




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Can Diet Prevent ADHD in Children?

September 2, 2009
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Jenny thought her rowdy preschooler was engaging in normal “boy” behavior. But when her son entered the first grade, she started noticing that he couldn’t sit still or focus like the other kids. He was also impulsive, often endangering himself by running off at the worst times. She finally took him to a doctor and […]




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5 of the Most Misleading Nutrition Claims

July 30, 2009
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You’re in the grocery store selecting food for your family and you see a product claiming to have a certain nutrition benefit. Are you confused by it? Skeptical? Not sure exactly what the claim means? Join the club. Having worked in the food industry, I know what’s behind popular food claims. And while I don’t […]




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Ask the Dietitian: Can Children Eat Fish?

July 7, 2009
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Q: A friend told me not to give my daughter fish because of the risk of mercury poisoning. Is it okay for young children to eat fish? A: It’s too bad that methyl mercury has made families wary of serving fish. Fish is not only an excellent source of protein and low in fat, it’s […]




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Product Review: Is Juicy Juice all it Claims to be?

June 23, 2009
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If you watch TV you’ve probably seen the commercials for Nestle’s Juicy Juice. Juicy Juice has a line of 100% juice and two other functional juice beverages: Immunity and Brain Development. How do their product claims stack up? Let’s take a close look… Juicy Juice Fruit Juice: This is your standard 100% Fruit Juice product […]




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