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IAMBLESSED103's Photo IAMBLESSED103 Posts: 15,970
12/4/18 9:46 A

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Thanks so much - I really appreciate the suggestion - but I want to keep my tracking within SparkPeople. Have a great day! emoticon

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CHAINRING52 Posts: 1
12/3/18 4:35 P

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The only nutrition tracker that track Omega 3 fatty acids that I have found is https://cronometer.com/

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1/31/18 7:28 P

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Hi Becky, thank you so much for your response and for the article link. I appreciate it. I will read through the article and follow your advice. I'll make it work for my purposes! emoticon

URBANREDNEK, thank you also for your input. I appreciate your comments as well! emoticon

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URBANREDNEK Posts: 8,940
1/31/18 7:15 P

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As far as I can tell, there is no way of specifically breaking out Omega 3's in the Spark tracker. The Omega 3's are part of the polyunsaturated fatty acid group, but are not required to be listed as a separate item on nutrition labels, and so are not broken out in any of the Spark database. Tracking the overall amount of combined polyunsaturated fatty acids won't really give you the info you want, since it includes the Omega 6's and others (which are currently considered not-so-good for heart health).

If you really want to keep track specifically of the Omega 3's, then you'll have to get your data for each food item from another source (either directly from the USDA database, or from another site that breaks them out such as nutritiondata.self.com) and then create a new food entry for each item, and include the amount of Omega 3's under one of the possible nutrients allowed with you "re-purpose" (such as using the "ash" spot in the entry form). You can then track that nutrient, knowing that it is really the Omega-3's.

Honestly - far more work than it would be worth. You might find other tracking sites are set up better for this particular purpose, or you might want to consider whether it is truly a useful thing for you to track.

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DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 28,261
1/31/18 7:12 P

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No you cannot track omega-3 fats on your Sparkpeople Nutrition Tracker.
But here are some helpful tips.

There are 2 classes of polyunsaturated fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6.
So you will want to add to your nutrients to track:
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
and Saturated Fat

Now for the ranges....Take your Total Fat gram amount and divide it into thirds.
1/3 goes to Polyunsaturated Fat
1/3 goes to Monounsaturated
1/3 goes to Saturated Fat

Now to make sure you are getting enough Omega-3 within the Polyunsaturated Fat group; take a look at the article from the link below. This gives you a comprehensive explanation of Omega-3's, amounts needed, and good food sources. Hope this helps. If you have more questions, just let me know.

ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids
-HealthProfessional/


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IAMBLESSED103's Photo IAMBLESSED103 Posts: 15,970
1/31/18 2:17 P

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Hi, I'm monitoring my Omega 3 fatty acids as part of managing my heart/cholesterol health.

I wondered if there is a way in the Nutrition Tracker to track Omega 3 fatty acid intake?

I considered adding the nutrients for fatty acids - total monounsaturated and total polyunsaturated, but wasn't sure if those were the nutrients I should use? And what would the recommended range be (where the Add Nutrient form provides fields for "We recommend you get between "blank" and "blank"

Thanks, I appreciate your help!

- Karen


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