Where does the omega 3 comes from?


#1

I’m hoping someone can tell me where the omega 3 comes from in soylent (and, for that matter, where the omega 6 comes from); reading through the FAQ, it seems to comes mostly from canola oil powder, relying on the body to convert ALA into EPA and DHA. From what I understand though, this conversion is miserably inefficient in the body, and even very high amounts of ALA produce only very little EPA and DHA (eg, http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09382.html & http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3875260/). So something like Canola oil may appear to have a lot of value as a complete omega 3 source when, in fact, it’s value is only partial because everything is coming from ALA (look in the “lipids” section of http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/695?fg=&man=&lfacet=&count=&max=35&sort=&qlookup=canola+oil&offset=&format=Full&new=&measureby=). Am I missing something?


#2

There’s also the algae oil.


#3

https://faq.soylent.com/hc/en-us/article_attachments/202548035/Soylent_1.5_Formula.xlsx


#4

Yes; used to be fish oil for the omega 3 in the earlier versions, was changed to algal oil to keep the profile while becoming vegan and lower-footprint.


#5

SYKE: the document you linked to is titled “Soylent 1.4” when you open it. Also, it lists no value for 20:5 n-3 (EPA) and what appear to be a minimal value for 22:5 n-3 (DHA), which are the main Omega 3s, if I’m not mistaken; it does list a value for ALA, but, again, relying on the body to convert ALA into EPA (and DHA) is not smart (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha-Linolenic_acid#Potential_role_in_nutrition_and_health).

ASYMPT & HORSFIELD: From what I understand, algae oil is a good source of ALA, but not of EPA or DHA. Again, relying on the body to convert ALA into EPA (and DHA) is not smart (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha-Linolenic_acid#Potential_role_in_nutrition_and_health).

Either I’m missing something, or Soylent needs to add some sources for EPA and DHA Omega 3s.

Thanks for your replies.


#6

Not sure of sources.


#7

Yeah, they put the 1.5 sheet into the same file. Just switch to the 1.5 tab. I showed the relevant cells in the image I posted.

Omega-3 ALA (18:3) - 2.24g
Omega-3 DHA (22:6) - .22g
Omega-6 LA (18:6) - 15.61g

EPA would be very good to include, but they haven’t found a good source that’s stable in a powder form yet.


#8

The algae oil is a source of DHA.


#9

Here’s a link for that.


#10

Syke: Thanks very much, that answers my question. I guess I will keep up with the fish oil supplements until Soylent is able to add a stable, powdered substitute.