A new study reveals that the breast milk of mothers following vegetarian and vegan diets is deficient in the crucial omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), leading researchers to call for raised awareness and DHA supplementation for mothers who follow plant-based diets that do not include food sources of DHA. Listen in this week as Dee explains the crucial role of DHA in both babies and adults, and why DHA supplements may be important in vegan and vegetarian diets.


Ureta-Velasco, N., Keller, K., Escuder-Vieco, D., Fontecha, J., Calvo, M. V., Megino-Tello, J., Serrano, J. C., Romero Ferreiro, C., García-Lara, N. R., & Pallás-Alonso, C. R. (2023). Human milk composition and nutritional status of omnivore human milk donors compared with vegetarian/vegan lactating mothers. Nutrients, 15(8), 1855. https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/15/8/1855

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