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# How to Determine the Amount of Fish Oil Per Pound in Salmon

by
Stacey Anderson
Stacey Anderson began writing in 1989. She published articles in “Teratology,” “Canadian Journal of Public Health” and the "Canadian Medical Association Journal” during her time in medical genetics studying birth defects. She has an interest in psychology, senior health and maternal and child health. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in biology from the University of Calgary.
Salmon is a natural source of omega oils. Photo Credit salmon image by cherie from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

The American Heart Association recommends eating oily fish like salmon. The oil in salmon is a good source of the fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. These oils -- omega-3 in particular -- have shown benefits which include lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease according to MedlinePlus. Omega-3 reduces pain and swelling and prevents blood from clotting easily, making it beneficial for preventing heart disease. One of the best dietary sources of these omega fatty acids is the oil in salmon.

## Step 1

Convert the weight of the salmon to grams by multiplying the number of pounds by 454. One pound of salmon equals 454 g.

## Step 2

Divide the weight by 100 to determine the number of 100-gram portions. The 454-gram salmon contains 4.54 portions.

## Step 3

Determine the amount of omega-3 oils. Cooked salmon contains 2.61 g of omega-3 per 100 g of fish, according to the Health Canada "Canadian Nutrient File." Multiply 2.61 by 4.54 to equal 11.85, the number of grams of omega-3 oil in 1 lb. of cooked salmon.

## Step 4

Calculate the amount of omega-6 oils. Cooked salmon contains 1.93 g of omega-6 per 100 g of fish, according to the Health Canada "Canadian Nutrient File." Multiply 1.93 by 4.54 to equal 8.76, the number of grams of omega-6 oil in 1 lb. of cooked salmon.

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