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Ask Tufts Experts June 2008 Issue

Q: Is much of the omega-3 lost when the skin of the salmon is discarded?

Answer :  According to Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at Tufts’ Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, much of salmon’s healthy omega-3 fatty acids lie just under the skin. Comparing total omega-3s for the same variety of salmon in different preparations using the USDA’s Nutrient Database, salmon without the skin contains only 39% to 64% of the omega-3s in the same portion of salmon with the skin. But…

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