TABLE 2-9 Dietary Intake of Linolenic Fatty Acid, Eicosapentaenoic Fatty Acid (EPA), Docosahexaenoic Fatty Acid (DHA), and EPA and DHA Combined

Statistic

All Individuals Aged 2 and Over

Age (years) and Sex

2–5

6–11

12–19

Males and Females

Males and Females

Males

Females

Number in sample

17,107

1521

2098

2244

2261

 

g

 

 

 

 

Linolenic fatty acid

 

 

 

 

 

Mean

1.41

0.90

1.16

1.49

1.23

SEM

0.01

0.02

0.03

0.04

0.03

 

mg

 

 

 

 

Eicosapentaenoic fatty acid (EPA)

 

 

 

 

 

Mean

35.26

11.94

14.16

16.91

16.78

SEM

1.99

2.10

1.74

1.91

1.68

Docosahexaenoic fatty acid (DHA)

 

 

 

 

 

Mean

67.98

27.99

37.72

43.75

39.89

SEM

2.66

3.18

4.09

3.12

3.23

EPA and DHA combined

 

 

 

 

 

Mean

103.25

39.93

51.87

60.67

56.66

SEM

4.53

5.21

5.59

4.64

4.68

SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, 1999–2002.

FIGURE 2-3 Consumption estimates, as a percentage of total seafood consumed, by EPA/DHA content classification. High-EPA/DHA seafood is further delineated by type; white (albacore) tuna is high in EPA/DHA but light (e.g., skipjack) tuna is not.

SOURCE: DGAC, 2005.



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