DHA goes sea green

Having trouble deciding where to get your docosahexaenoic acid? (Those of us who can't pronounce "docosahexaenoic acid" call it DHA. It's one of the omega-3 essential fatty acids, and it's thought to offer some protection against heart disease).

Grocery manufacturers seem to think we aren't getting our share of DHA from fish, flaxseed, eggs, nuts and bottles of DHA pills, so they have begun stuffing it into orange juice, yogurt, milk and heaven knows what else.

One recent such effort is Crisco's Puritan canola oil with omega-3 DHA from algae. At one discount supermarket, where Crisco canola oil costs $3.89 for 32 ounces, a 16-ounce bottle of the DHA-containing version costs $3.49 -- 79 percent more per ounce.

It's still soup

On a recent shopping trip Mr. Tidbit was astounded to see that Campbell's had introduced yet another large line of canned ready-to-serve soup: Select Harvest, including some Select Harvest Light soups and Select Harvest Healthy Request (reduced-sodium) soups.

Mr. Tidbit couldn't immediately discern the difference between all of the Campbell's Select soups we already had and all the new Select Harvest soups.

On his next visit -- before he had bothered to try finding out anything about Select Harvest -- he divined the difference, both because most of the cans of regular Select were gone and because he finally noticed the "Select Now Improved" badge on the cans of Select Harvest: Select Harvest has replaced Select.

Mr. Tidbit isn't sure how Select was "improved" in general, but on the several cans he examined closely, fat and/or calories had increased slightly.

AL SICHERMAN