There has been a growing awareness of the vital significance of polyunsaturated fatty acids for good health. Nationwide Children's Hospital reported on Sept. 13, 2013, "Diets Low in Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids May Be a Problem for Youngsters." The American Heart Association writes that polyunsaturated fats can have a beneficial effect on your health when they are consumed in moderation and when they are used to replace saturated fats or trans fats.
The cholesterol levels in your blood may be reduced with dietary polyunsaturated fats therefore lowering your risk of heart disease. Omega-6 and omega-3 also play a vital role in brain function and in the normal growth and development of your body.
Sarah Keim, PhD, principal investigator in the Center for Biobehavioral Health at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, has discovered what might be a troubling deficit of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) intake in the diet of many youngsters.
This study has been published online by the journal Maternal and Child Nutrition. PUFAs are vital for human health. Fish are considered to be an excellent source of fatty acids, and have been shown to be the richest sources of PUFAs in children’s diets.
Dr. Keim has said, “Only about 54 percent of children ate fish at least once in the previous month." Due to the fact that diet can be an important contributor to many diseases, this is significant. Although at the present time there is no official dietary recommendation in the U.S. for DHA and EPA intake or supplementation among children, the Institute of Medicine has issued what they term a reasonable intake level of two 3-oz servings of fish per week for kids. Ideally children should be exposed to a variety of fresh foods which includes fish and other good sources of healthy fatty acids.