Since I am learning about the different effects of DHA and EPA fatty acids I would like to know if you know of a good list of the specific contents of EPA and DHA (not just the sum, but each type individually) in different foods such as salmon, mackerel, cod, eggs, pastured meat, etc. Often fish oils have more EPA than DHA although several types of fish have more DHA. So if you know of any good source on this please let me know, since usually what you find in most sites (such as nutritiondata) is just the sum of the DHA plus EPA combined.
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on August 13, 2011
at 04:11 PM
Go to http://nutritiondata.self.com/ Search for your food. Once you click the link to your particular food, you'll get a food label type screen. Scroll down the screen to Fats & Fatty Acids, then click the more details tab. You'll get a list of fatty acids. 20:5n-3 is EPA and 22:6n-3 is DHA
You can also go to http://nutritiondata.self.com/tools/nutrient-search and search by nutrient. Use the drop down menu by "Find Foods: ... that are highest in:" and look for 20:5n-3 or 22:6n-3 under Polyunsaturated Fat
on August 13, 2011
at 02:01 PM
I used the USDA nutrient database. Enter any food, choose cut and preparation method and it will tell you the detailed breakdown. This is the only thing the USDA is good for.
I was bummed there seemed to be so little in basically anything other than fish. Especially grassfed meat. Basically none. I asked the paleo solution podcast about it in December of last year. Robb basically said it just has less o6. It's the last question on the podcast from like the middle of the month.
on August 16, 2011
at 11:43 PM
Visit the Life's DHA website there is a DHA Calculator. Also visit DHAAdvnatage.net for additional information