Why is it Important to Consume Foods with DHA?

The brain contains Omega-3 fats, and most of that fat is DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, an important building block for a child’s developing brain and eyes. In fact, experts recommend that women who are pregnant or breast feeding get a minimum of .2 grams/day of DHA in their diet.

FOODS WITH DHA

One 100 gram serving of Atlantic salmon delivers about 1.1 grams of DHA.
A 100 gram serving of herring offers a large helping of Omega-3-fats, including about .8 grams of DHA.
A 100 gram serving of canned anchovies provides over .9 grams of DHA.
A 100 gram serving of sardines contains about a half a gram of DHA.
"Omega-3 eggs" are fortified with Omega-3 fats and are sources of DHA, typically containing between 0.08 and 0.135 grams of DHA.

If you introduce baby formula, it is important to choose a formula that contains DHA.

That's why, to help your baby get the DHA they need to support healthy brain development, you can turn to DHA-enriched baby formulas.

Our DHA-enriched Enfamil A+ is the #1 infant formula recommended by pediatricians and chosen by pediatric hospitals, so you know you're using a trusted source of nutrition.

 

Why is it Important to Consume Foods with DHA?

Your baby’s brain won't be so little for very long. While in the womb, your baby's brain is already growing fast. In the last months of pregnancy, he's already starting to experience an early form of learning and memory, called Habituation.1 He's also producing the billions of neurons and synapses he will need to make complex connections.2 Then, after he's born, his brain will be 85% complete by age 3.3

To support his growing brain, he is going to need some help from his mom.

The brain contains Omega-3 fats, and most of that fat is DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, an important building block for your baby’s developing brain and eyes.4 Both during pregnancy and after birth, he'll need a good supply of fats to support brain growth. This supply of fats has to come from you—that is, from the foods in your own diet. That's why it's so important for you to make sure your diet is rich in foods with DHA. In fact, experts recommend that women who are pregnant or breast feeding get a minimum of .2 grams of DHA per day in their diet.5

Read our list below to discover foods that are good sources of DHA, so you can include enough of them in your diet while breast feeding and ensure that your baby is getting the right amount of DHA in order to help support a healthy brain and more.

If you are formula feeding your baby, choose a formula that is enriched with DHA to help ensure that your newborn is getting enough of this important building block of their rapidly growing brain.

Sources of DHA: Fish

DHA and another omega-3 fat, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), are actually sometimes known as "marine omega-3s" because of the fact that they mainly come from fish.6 Below you'll find some examples of fish that make great sources of DHA, along with some ways that they can be enjoyed.

Salmon

Great grilled, baked, or really any way you cook it, salmon is a common fish that’s readily available for purchase in most regions. It’s a fatty and flavorful fish, and it’s one of the richest sources of DHA you can find. One 100 gram serving of Atlantic salmon delivers about 1.1 grams of DHA.7 Filets of salmon can be enjoyed on their own with your favorite seasoning or even on a sandwich.

Herring

Eaten and enjoyed all around the world, herring is another fish that's a great source of DHA. 100 grams of herring has a large helping of Omega-3 fats, including about 0.8 grams of DHA.8 Just like the salmon, this fatty fish is full of flavor and can be prepared in a variety of ways.

Sardines

While they're certainly small in size, sardines are no small source of DHA. A 100 gram serving of sardines contains about half of a gram of DHA.9 Sardines can often be found canned in oil, but they can also be found fresh, and they make for a great part of any meal when they're grilled or smoked with the seasoning and garnish of your choice.

Anchovies

Typically known as a pizza topping, anchovies are nearly a chart-topper when it comes to foods with DHA and EPA content. A 100 gram serving of canned anchovies provides over .9 grams of DHA.10 You can take anchovies beyond pizza and include them in your favorite spaghetti sauce.

Sources of DHA: Eggs

Eggs

While many eggs don't typically contain a substantial amount of DHA, you can now find a certain kind that do. "Omega-3 eggs" are fortified with Omega-3 fats and are sources of DHA, typically containing between 1.8 and 0.135 grams of DHA11. And since eggs can be used in a wide range of foods, omega-3-filled eggs can be an easy way to fit the daily recommended value of DHA into your diet. From breakfast omelets to egg salad, there's no shortage of ways to put foods with DHA from eggs on your table.

Sources of DHA: Baby Formula

Baby Formulas

In the event that you introduce baby formula, it's important to choose a DHA-enriched formula to help your baby get the DHA he needs to support healthy brain development.

Enfamil A+ formulas are enriched with DHA to deliver the nutrients your baby needs. In fact, our DHA- enriched Enfamil A+ is the #1 infant formula recommended by pediatricians and chosen by pediatric hospitals, so you know you're using a trusted source of nutrition.12

Moms face enough tough decisions while trying to provide for their baby. With the help of this guide, you can make the right dietary decisions during and after pregnancy to give your baby the DHA they need to support healthy brain growth and development—so that you can reach milestones and make memories together.

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  2. https://www.enfamil.ca/articles/month-7-of-pregnancy-milestones
  3. https://www.enfamil.ca/articles/what-exactly-is-dha
  4. https://www.enfamil.ca/articles/what-exactly-is-dha
  5. https://www.enfamil.ca/articles/dha-omega-3-fat
  6. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3-fats/
  7. Canada Nutrient File https://food-nutrition.canada.ca/cnf-fce/index-eng.jsp
  8. Canada Nutrient File https://food-nutrition.canada.ca/cnf-fce/index-eng.jsp
  9. Canada Nutrient File https://food-nutrition.canada.ca/cnf-fce/index-eng.jsp
  10. Canada Nutrient File https://food-nutrition.canada.ca/cnf-fce/index-eng.jsp
  11. http://www.dietitians.ca/Downloads/Factsheets/Food-Sources-of-Omega-3-Fats.aspx
  12. http://www.enfamil.ca/en/why-enfamil/enfamil-a-is-the-number-one-chosen-brand