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Table 5. Food sources of total omega 3 fatty acids (18:3 + 20:5 + 22:6), listed in descending order by percentages of their contribution to intake, based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2006

Rank Food item Contribution to intake (%) Cumulative contribution (%)
1 Salad dressing 9.8 9.8
2 Chicken and chicken mixed dishes 6.9 16.7
3 Grain-based desserts 5.7 22.5
4 Other fish and fish mixed dishes 5.7 28.2
5 Pizza 5.4 33.5
6 Yeast breads 4.7 38.2
7 Mayonnaise 3.7 42.0
8 Pasta and pasta dishes 3.3 45.3
9 Quickbreads 3.2 48.5
10 Fried white potatoes 2.6 51.1
11 Mexican mixed dishes 2.6 53.7
12 Nuts/seeds and nut/seed mixed dishes 2.5 56.2
13 Burgers 2.4 58.6
14 Eggs and egg mixed dishes 2.4 61.0
15 Margarine 2.4 63.4
16 Regular cheese 2.4 65.8
17 Dairy desserts 2.1 67.9
18 Whole milk 2.0 69.9

Specific foods contributing at least 1% of total omega 3 fatty acids in descending order: sausage, franks, bacon, and ribs, other white potatoes, beef and beef mixed dishes, beans, potato/corn/other chips, tuna and tuna mixed dishes, shrimp and shrimp mixed dishes, coleslaw, rice and rice mixed dishes, popcorn, vegetable mixtures.

Last Modified: 18 Oct 2013