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Dante_T
04-06-2006, 08:31 AM
just curious.. i've always wondered this..what is that dark gray strip in salmon fillets?? is it fat? i usyally dont eat it..does it contain any important nutrients?

banichols
04-06-2006, 11:28 AM
They're veins aren't they? At least that's what I always thought they were.

PeteB
04-06-2006, 12:50 PM
what is that dark gray strip in salmon fillets?? is it fat? i usyally dont eat it..does it contain any important nutrients?It is a layer of fatty tissue between the white or pink colored flesh and the skin, and partly what a salmon lives on while swimming upstream to mate and not consuming food.

Remove it to reduce the amount of fat in a serving, or leave it on to get the most Omega-3 EFA's.


How much of the omega-3s are in the fatty gray meat beneath the skin?

According to Dr. Mary Enig, a world famous expert on fats, as much as two-thirds of the omega-3s in fish reside in the gray fatty layer beneath the skin. However it is interesting to note that tests conducted by the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory indicate that the flesh of sockeye salmon (for example) contain more than 1.2 grams of EPA and DHA per 3.5 oz (98 g) serving. This exceeds the 650 to 1000 mg recommended daily intake of omega-3s by more than 20%. So whether the gray fat is consumed or not, one is assured of getting a significant 'dosage' of EPA, DHA (and many other essential fatty acids) with each serving.

Wolfga
04-06-2006, 01:05 PM
Hmmm - interesting stuff. Omega-3's = good! I say eat up!

CitadelArmyJAG
04-06-2006, 01:08 PM
just curious.. i've always wondered this..what is that dark gray strip in salmon fillets?? is it fat? i usyally dont eat it..does it contain any important nutrients?
You should be eating that!