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OMB omega-3 request

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

OMB urges HHS, USDA to modify the Dietary Guidelines and Food Guide Pyramid to include new information stating omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, while trans fatty acids may increase risk of CHD, according to May 28 1"prompt" letter. OMB bases its request on "epidemiologic and clinical studies finding that an increase in consumption of omega-3 fatty acids results in reduced deaths due to CHD." OMB also points to American Heart Association's recent revision of its dietary guidelines to recommend eating fish, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, twice weekly (2"The Tan Sheet" Dec. 2, 2002, In Brief). "Prompt" letter, which is used by Bush Administration to highlight issues considered worthy of priority status, requests meeting "in the next few weeks to discuss this issue"...

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