Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hot off the Press

An important part of practicing dietetics is keeping up-to-snuff with current trends.
The newest to hit the American Dietetic Association's press release room on Tuesday, October 26th...

Polyunsaturated fats (Omega-3s), like fish oil, may reduce the risk of gum disease due to it's anti-inflammatory qualities! What does this mean for you? A 5-year long study following 9,000 adults and their dental examinations proves nutrition is at it again!

The study focused on polyunsaturated fats and their disease fighting qualities. The Omega-3 [in the form of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)] intake was recorded by participants in dietary and/or supplemental form. There was an approximately 20% reduction in gum disease prevalence in those who consumed the highest amount of dietary DHA, closely followed by with EPA. The article concluded that there was no difference in dietary intake versus supplemental and no particular serving size or amount was suggested.

I would encourage dietary form over supplemental any day. It is better absorbed by the body. How to incoporate Omega-3s into your diet? eat foods like fatty fish (salmon), nuts and/or peanut butter. The current recommendation of fatty fish intake for benefits of omega-3 and other nutrients is 2 times per week.

For more information: Article: "n-3 Fatty Acids and Periodontitis in US Adults" by Asghar Z. Naqvi, MPH, MNS; Catherine Buettner, MD, MPH; Russell S. Phillips, MD; Roger B. Davis, ScD; and Kenneth J. Mukamal, MD, MPH, MA.

Lucky for me...I just finished a healthy portion of fatty salmon this evening!

Do you like salmon? Any favorite ways to cook it?

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