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n-3 Fatty acid intake from marine food products among Quebecers: comparison to worldwide recommendations.
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PMID:  19433004     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To quantify marine food product consumption and EPA + DHA intake among Quebecers, and to compare the results with the most recent recommendations. DESIGN: Data were obtained from a representative cross-sectional telephone survey (June 2006). Intakes of marine food product species and EPA + DHA were estimated from a validated FFQ on the consumption of marine food products during the previous month. Prevalence of fish oil consumption in the last 6 months was also assessed. SETTING: Province of Quebec (Canada). SUBJECTS: A representative sample (n 1001) of adults in the province of Quebec. Of these, eight were excluded from the present analysis (n 993). RESULTS: Mean and median EPA + DHA intakes for all participants were estimated to be 291 mg/d (sem 11) and 207 mg/d, respectively. 85.0 % (95 % CI 82.7, 87.3) of Quebecers had an EPA + DHA intake lower than 500 mg/d, which is the amount internationally recommended for the prevention of CVD. Mean and median DHA intakes among women of childbearing age (n 128, 18-34 years) were estimated to be 169 mg/d (sem 17) and 126 mg/d, respectively. Of these women, 27.7 % had a daily intake >200 mg DHA and 15.9 % had an intake >300 mg DHA. We noted that 13 % of Quebecers take >or=1 capsule of fish oil/d. CONCLUSIONS: Consumption of marine food products and EPA + DHA among Quebecers clearly appears to be lower than international recommendations. Since EPA + DHA confer health benefits and may reduce health costs, strategies to increase their consumption should be implemented to improve public health in Quebec.
Michel Lucas; Genevi?ve Asselin; M?lanie Plourde; Stephen C Cunnane; Eric Dewailly; Sylvie Dodin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-05-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1475-2727     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-17     Completed Date:  2010-02-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  63-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Lucie and Andr? Chagnon Chair for the Teaching of an Integrated Approach in Prevention, Laval University, Saint-Fran?ois d'Assise Hospital (CHUQ), Qu?bec, QC, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
Cross-Sectional Studies
Dietary Fats, Unsaturated / administration & dosage*
Docosahexaenoic Acids / administration & dosage
Eicosapentaenoic Acid / administration & dosage
Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / administration & dosage*
Fish Oils / administration & dosage*
Middle Aged
Nutrition Policy*
Nutrition Surveys
Nutritional Requirements
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Fats, Unsaturated; 0/Fatty Acids, Omega-3; 0/Fish Oils; 1553-41-9/Eicosapentaenoic Acid; 25167-62-8/Docosahexaenoic Acids

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