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Maternal and Child Nutrition October 2013

Dietary intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids and fish among US children 12-60 months of age

Authors: Sarah A. Keim and Amy M. Branum / Journal: Maternal and Child Nutrition October 2013, September 2013

Summary

In a study designed to estimate intake of PUFAs, identify sources of PUFA and estimate the proportion of US children aged 12-60 months eating fish by age, race and ethnicity it was found that 47% of children do not consume fish. The results from the study indicated DHA intake was low across all groups, and only 53.7% of children reported eating fish in the last 30 days. The study also found a greater percentage of non-Hispanic black children ate fish overall, and Mexican American children were more likely to have eaten shellfish than non-Hispanic white children. Total n-3 intake did not significantly change with age, but total n-6 intake increased significantly. Compared to other countries, US children consumed higher intake of total n-6 and demonstrated lower DHA and EPA intakes.