Is omega-3-fortified milk a legitimate substitute for foods like salmon? -Marie, St. Louis, MO 

Omega-3-fortified milk does contain a dose of heart- and brain-healthy O-3s. But we don't know for sure if the body processes those nutrients as efficiently as when they come from a natural source. So, even if you consume the same amount as you would from fish, you might not get the same benefits. That's why, even though fortified foods can be a healthy way to fill holes in your diet, it's ideal to get essential nutrients from whole foods, the way nature packaged them. If you don't like fish, flaxseeds and walnuts are other good sources of omega-3s.

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