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"Fish on Friday" is Good for Us

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) report specifically addresses fish and seafood in our diet.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) report specifically addresses fish and seafood in our diet. Here is an excerpt from the report:

“In 2010, the DGAC recommended that seafood intake be increased to eight ounces per week for adults. In reviewing the WWEIA/NHANES data, the DGA Committee 2015 found that the U.S. population has low seafood intake. Across all age groups and for both males and females, only 10 percent of the population meets the 2010 intake recommendations. Intake is highest in adult men and women, but remains very low. In the highest intake group, males ages 51 to 70 years, 21 percent of the population meets the intake recommendation.

These results indicate seafood could be increased to 8 ounces/week (for adults) with no negative impact on nutrient adequacy. This 8 ounce amount contributes energy, protein, selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin B-12. With respect to fatty acids, fish is rich in the long-chain eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexonoic acid (DHA) and has a higher proportion of total fatty acids coming from polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids relative to saturated fatty acids.”

Source:  Reprinted from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans available at http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/06-chapter-1/d1-3.asp

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