|In 1990, Health and Welfare Canada recognized that Canadians were eating too much saturated fat - a major risk factor in the development of heart disease. It was at this time that they first made the recommendation for consumers to balance their fat intake to include more foods containing essential omega-3 fatty acids. As stated by registered dietitian Randy Meltzer, "Imbalances in fat intake may be responsible for many chronic disorders", and it was becoming obvious that we Canadians are not eating enough of the essential omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, Nutrition Recommendations state that the ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids should range between 4:1 and 10:1, and that our diet is currently too high in omega-6 fatty acids and saturated fat. As a result of these findings, Health Canada made regulations for omega-3 labeling in 1994, and we started working on the launch of the Omega 3 egg.
Health Canada recommends levels of intake for omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids for people of all ages. For adults between 25 and 49 years old, these are 1500 mg of total omega-3 polyunsaturates per day for men and 1100 mg per day for women. See the chart below for other age classes. Nutrition Recommendations for Canadians also states that omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients for the maintenance of general health, normal growth and development. Dietary sources of omega-3 polyunsaturates are especially important because essential nutrients, by definition, cannot be formed by the body; they must come from food. Two Naturegg Omega 3 eggs provide a minimum of 40% of the recommended daily intake of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
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