Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I was doing the trivia questions and I think they need to have better choices. I think my answer is correct but was told I got it WRONG!

The ? was...
Which of the following statements about ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid) is FALSE?

x It's a type of Omega-3 fatty acid!
x It's found if faxseed
x it's only found in plant foods
x Your body converts it to DHA very efficiently.

Well I picked It's only found in plant foods. I think that it is false because ALA is an oil that is found in the seed of the plant not the plant food.

I got this off of Wikipedia...

Seed oils are the richest sources of α-linolenic acid, notably those of rapeseed (canola), soybeans, walnuts, flaxseed (Linseed oil), perilla, chia, and hemp. α-Linolenic acid is also obtained from the thylakoid membranes of the green leaves of broadleaf plants (the membranes responsible for photosynthesis).[7] Greens, therefore, and animals that eat greens, are often a good source of α-linolenic acid.

I also found this on the University of Maryland website:

Alpha-linolenic acid is a type of omega-3 fatty acid found in plants. It is similar to the omega-3 fatty acids that are in fish oil [eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)]. Alpha-linolenic acid can be converted into EPA and DHA in the body.

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    Thanks for the heads up
    302 days ago
  • CHRIS3874
    It wouldn't be the first time I got burnt by one of the "so-called" experts BUT I agree with Blondie on this one.
    1571 days ago
    According to wikipedia, it can be converted into DHA, but not very efficiently. That's the key word in the series of answers. It just about got me too!
    2690 days ago
  • MARY1313
    HAHAHAHAHA!!!! You are sooooo smart! You sound like my older brother. He was on the Sally Jesse Raphael show because he has one of the top 10 IQ's in the US. Mmmmm, but sometimes he can't find his bus pass! LOL

    3019 days ago
    I think it's a very poorly worded question/answers. You are so right!
    3020 days ago
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