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Kid Friendly Foods High in DHA

Updated on September 13, 2013

DHA and EPA are important for proper functioning of the brain, heart and eyes. DHA and EPA can also help children with learning disorders like dyslexia, ADHD and dyspraxia, as well as problems like depression.Some studies have found that DHA and EPA can improve children's performance at school. Unfortunately most children don't get enough DHA and EPA in their diets. Children should get at least 160mg of DHA per day. Most get only about 20mg.

If your child enjoys fish then reaching about 160mg of DHA per day is much easier because some kinds of fish are naturally high in Omega 3's. Many children don't enjoy fish and don't even want to take fish oil tablets because they often leave a fishy aftertaste. The following is a list of food and supplements with DHA that will get your child closer to the recommended daily value of 160mg.

Foods and drinks with enriched DHA and EPA can help your child reach the recommended daily value of 160mg
Foods and drinks with enriched DHA and EPA can help your child reach the recommended daily value of 160mg

List of Foods with High Levels of Omega 3 DHA

Supplements are one way to get your child closer to the recommended daily value. One Omega 3 DHA / EPA supplement that most children will probably like is L'il Critters Omega 3 Gummy Fish. They don't have much of a fish taste at all, so most children will probably eat them. Omega 3 Gummy Fish will provide about 32mg of DHA per day.

DHA and EPA enriched foods are another option. Smart Balance has a brand of Omega 3 eggs that is very high in DHA. A few eggs a week will go a long way in providing your child with needed DHA. At 70mg per serving, that's almost half of a day's recommended daily value. Smart Balance also have a brand of butter with DHA.The butter has 32mg of DHA / EPA per 1 tablespoon serving size.

The Horizons Organic brand of milk has a DHA enriched option. A one cup serving of milk will provide 32mg. So, one or two cups a day will be a big boost.

While many children don't like fish, they often like fish sticks. Gortons has a brand of fish sticks with DHA. Even a few fish sticks with lunch or dinner a couple of times a week will help a lot.

The Yo Toddler brand of yogurt has a DHA enriched option. Don't worry about the word toddler on the label. You can still give it to older children. Check organic stores if you can't find it in your local grocery store.


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    • go-barbara-go profile image

      go-barbara-go 4 years ago

      The products you mentioned here aren't available to where I am, so I think I have to check the label from now and on.

      Thank you for your hubs.

      Bookmarked and kept for my child's development.

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      Learn Things Web 4 years ago from California

      If she'll eat fish, that's a good place to start. There are a lot of websites that sell DHA supplements, so that's something you can look into as well.

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