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Is farmed salmon a good source of Omega 3?

Is Farmed salmon a good source

Is Farmed salmon a good source of Omega 3?

Farmed salmon is one of the best sources for humans to get their recommended intake of marine Omega 3 fatty acids. Farmed salmon is rightly considered a super food by many experts due to having a high content of the right Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids, especially DHA & EPA are widely regarded as essential nutrients for human health. Omega 3 has been shown to have serval health benefits for humans, such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and increasing brain functions, which is the reason why health advising organisations around the world recommended oily fish in our diets.

BioMar have successfully reduced the amount of marine derived ingredients in our feed, significantly improving our feeds sustainability and reducing pressure on wild marine stocks. The reduction in marine-based ingredients also means there is less Omega 3 in our feed. In managing this change, we have worked with our customers to ensure that farmed salmon is still the saftest and best source of Omega 3 fatty acids available. Continued innovation has seen ingredients such as micro-algae become more common in our feed. Micro-Algae is the original source of Omega 3 in the ocean and will allow us to increase the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids while continuing to decrease the amount of fish oil needed in our feed going forward.

Despite these changes, farmed salmon on average contains nearly twice the amount of DHA & EPA fatty acid levels of wild salmon, and much more than other marine and terrestrial animals. Just two serves of 150g piece of farmed salmon per week will provide you with the Australian Heart Foundations recommended daily intake of DHA & EPA. For comparison, you would need to have approximately 3.5 serves of 150g wild caught salmon (525g), 9 x 150g serves of Blue Eye Trevalla (1,350g), 12 x 100g cans of wild caught salmon (1,200g) and 50 x 200g of lean fillet steaks (10,000g). BioMar aim to maximise our sustaibality while also optimising our feeds nuritional value. 


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Sprague, M et al. 2016.  Comparison between the levels of EPA + DHA (g.100 g−1) in Scottish farmed Atlantic salmon compared to other fish species (blue) and terrestrially (green) produced animals.