Are dietary recommendations for the use of fish oils sustainable?

Jenkins, David J. A.; Sievenpiper, John L.; Pauly, Daniel; Sumaila, Ussif Rashid; Kendall, Cyril W. C.; Mowat, Farley M.
March 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/17/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 6, p633
Academic Journal
The article questions the feasibility of maintaining a fish oil supply large enough for the world population to achieve the daily intake levels recommended by health agencies. According to cohort studies and randomized trials, fish oils have been found to help prevent chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, dementia and Crohn's disease. Health agencies advise that individuals consume two servings of oily fish per week in order to achieve the recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids. These recommendations require an increase in total worldwide fish consumption which the author believes is unsustainable given that fish stocks are already at crisis levels. The author believes other sources of omega-3 fatty acids should be found.


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