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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why are there different amounts of omega 3 in different salmon brands?

    I bought 2 cans of tinned pink salmon to see which I like best. From ALDI, the pink salmon has 0.8g omega 3 per 100g and from Woolworths it has 2.4g omega 3 per 100g. Why is there a difference? It does not say on the labels if they are different types of the pink salmon variety so I do not know why.
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    Alis Alexander

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    Omega 3 fatty acids are concentrated in the skin of the salmon. There may be a difference in the quantity of skin included with the flesh of the salmon or there may be more liquid added to one than the other. This will alter the total reported percentage of omega 3 in the contents of the can.

    Another explanation would be that the salmon with a lower omega 3 content was sourced from a farm and fed a diet that did not allow for the accumulation of omega 3 fatty acids in their system.

    Look for “wild caught” salmon to ensure the best possible quality.

    I hope that helps.

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