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Ask Tufts Experts October 2010 Issue

Q: I’m confused by something in the new TV ads for Total cereal, which mention a “Daily Value” (DV) for omega-3 fatty acids. According to the cereal’s website, “Total Plus Omega-3s cereal contains 160 mg of ALA per serving from ground flax, which is 10% of the Daily Value for ALA.” Is there really a DV for omega-3s— and what about the omega-3s found in fish?

Answer : Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of Tufts’ HNRCA Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, answers that there is no Daily Value for the omega-3s found in fish...

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