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    Do tinned sardines contain any Omega 3

    i read somewhere that farmed fish have no omega 3 in them, and i'm assuming tinned sardines are farmed, but be please correct me if i'm wrong.

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    Farmed fish do have omega 3 in them. They have a chunk of omega 6 too so while they do have omega 3, they're not ideal for normalizing the ratio. However there is a case in which sardine flesh is being sold after the omega 3 has been extracted to make sardine oil. A good rule of thumb is that the saturated fat should be about a quarter or less of of the total fat if the tin doesn't specifically say that it has omega 3. If saturated fat is a higher percentage of the sardine, the omega 3 has been removed. Also be wary of fish canned in oil. Bad news!
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    I'm pretty sure they're not farmed. There's another sardine thread here recently and somebody in that thread had a company respond with their omega 3 estimated content. Also, even if farmed, I can't imagine fish having no omega 3 - perhaps less, like factory eggs versus free-range.

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    Why is fish canned in oil bad?

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Here's what this article says which is a contradiction to what you guys have said

    "Each omega-3 acid originates from a plant source. They are only found in fish because fish eat algae containing DHA and EPA. This means that farm raised fish do not contain any omega-3, they are fed grain."

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    Well here is the FAQ from a sardine company asking if the sardines are farmed: http://www.crownprince.com/faq.htm#sardfarm

    Makes the original question irrelevant.

    But here's another link talking about farmed fish and the fish-meal and fish oil they are fed: http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/thegree...ish-pnas092009

    I live near a fish hatchery (fish raised to stock lakes and streams for sport-fishing). Those fish are fed fish meal. The hatchery is in a beatiful setting and I take out-of-town guests there. You can buy the feed to throw to the trout and it is definitely fishy smelling.

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    I make it a point to buy tinned sardines that specifically say "wild caught" (usually Crown Prince). I've never checked the lipids, though. I'll need to check that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ollie View Post
    Thanks for the replies.

    Here's what this article says which is a contradiction to what you guys have said

    "Each omega-3 acid originates from a plant source. They are only found in fish because fish eat algae containing DHA and EPA. This means that farm raised fish do not contain any omega-3, they are fed grain."

    Thought?
    Any green plant is going to have omega 3 in it so they're factually incorrect. Many farmed fish do eat algae or some eat parsley or other herbs. A cow derives it's omega 3 through grass for example. If the food that the fish ate didn't have omega 3 they would die, it's an essential nutrient.

    Wild-caught is preferred because farmed fish usually contain a lot of omega 6 as well.

    Piscator: I'll be more clear. Fish canned in olive oil are fine. Fish canned in soybean, canola, or other junk oils aren't.
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    There are FARMED sardines? Corn fed? How cheap is that?

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    I don't think any sardines are farmed. They are a very small and common type of fish and farming them would not be very cost efficient.

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