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Canned Cod Liver

Answered on September 11, 2015
Created June 22, 2010 at 2:58 PM

My local store stocks Icelandic canned cod liver. It is canned in its own oil, with 1% salt added. It is reasonably priced. The taste is OK, in moderation. Can anyone comment on this product and how it compares with cod liver oil?

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on August 01, 2014
at 03:39 AM

I recently found it at Carrefour in Taipei, but for 99NT. Addicted now!

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on August 01, 2014
at 03:38 AM

I thought we'd accepted the new paradigm in which fat doesn't cause weight gain. Is this your personal experience?

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on December 02, 2012
at 04:22 PM

We're not worried about cholesterol around here, the more the better. It's our repair mechanism, not something to be feared.

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on May 08, 2012
at 04:01 AM

It was purchased in Israel and clearly labeled as such. I think it was labeled on the can itself which is blue and white. If you'd like, I can try and check.

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on January 01, 2012
at 10:37 AM

I'd be worried about the BPA-lining.

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on June 05, 2011
at 05:42 PM

Is there another Richard N? I think you mean someone else but I would love some.

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on April 07, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Hmm. Thanks for the insight. I do really need to work on my o3 balance.. too many avocados and too much chicken.

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on April 07, 2011
at 05:32 PM

If you look at the Pubmed article I cited you will see that per 100g tin there is approx. 48.5g avg. of omega3's. Of that; over half(26g) is DHA. When you consider how much fish oil capsules you would need to equal that, eating a tin of liver with oil a few times a week would be cost effective

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on June 24, 2010
at 12:41 PM

Do you eat it all in one go?

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on June 22, 2010
at 03:56 PM

It's in Israel in a simple neighborhood grocery store, costs about the equivalent of 3 and a half dollars. (and its even kosher!)

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on June 22, 2010
at 03:14 PM

never heard of it, but id be interested to know as well... what store is it? ive never heard of canned cod live before

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on June 22, 2010
at 08:29 PM

I live in the US, but was born and raised in Holland.

I eat cod liver about once every 2-3 weeks. It's the only canned product I eat, so I don't worry about the can part. The taste is delicious, make sure you put it in the fridge, it tastes better cold. Cod liver falls in my category of "feel good" foods. A distinct feeling of well being for a few hours after consumption. (I get the same feeling from liquid whey, natto and a few other things) You can add some shredded nori ( sea weed sheets ) to it.

I sent a tin to Richard N. from Free the animal. He had never heard of it. I think he liked it.

Edb9c0e207fa4fa992f42916d4ecc356

on September 09, 2015
at 02:25 PM

If you eat cod liver everyday, then it´s not recommended to eat more than 60 grams per day, as you might get an overdose of vitamin A

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on June 24, 2010
at 12:41 PM

Do you eat it all in one go?

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on June 05, 2011
at 05:42 PM

Is there another Richard N? I think you mean someone else but I would love some.

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on April 07, 2011
at 12:31 PM

I love this stuff my husband is Russian and his parents introduced it to me. You can buy it at most Russian stores which are common in the northeast. I buy the King Oscar brand. It's from Norway and very delicious. Besides coconut milk,and the rare wild salmon it's the only thing I eat canned. Russians eat it on bread with sour farmers cheese. I just eat it out of the can. It makes me feel really good when I do. I wish it was possible to buy fresh. Is be a bigger addict than I already am.

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on October 15, 2012
at 10:12 AM

Yep I just ate my first tin today in israel, with cooked salmon in a salad for lunch the taste was different than expected. The texture is not like cooked liver.

Tastes good though but I wonder how often I should eat a tin for healthy Omega 3-6 ratios.

I eat a lot of chicken (cheaper) and red meats (slow cooked roasts are delicious for supper)

Fish is also a staple (frozen fillets usually) and I can't forget cheese!

Edb9c0e207fa4fa992f42916d4ecc356

on September 09, 2015
at 02:29 PM

Check where the cans with cod liver come from. If the raw material comes from Baltic sea, it could be exessive amount of dioxins in there, the good one comes from Iceland and Norway!

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on August 12, 2012
at 01:01 PM

This product is quite delicious! I buy it in Taiwan at a grocery called JASON, which you can find in bigger cities- I buy mine in Hsinchu. The brand is Ajtel Iceland, and it is a 115g tin and I find the taste very rich and delicious, and the cod liver oil it is packed in is quite superior! It is 89NT dollars, or just under $3 USD, which I find reasonable. I recommend giving this a try.

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on August 01, 2014
at 03:39 AM

I recently found it at Carrefour in Taipei, but for 99NT. Addicted now!

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on May 07, 2012
at 10:03 PM

You can also find it in Polish groceries. I bought mine in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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on May 07, 2012
at 09:53 PM

I eat it occasionally, tinned. Supermarket's name is Mercadona in Spain.

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on May 07, 2012
at 09:42 PM

how did you know it is kosher?

D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

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on May 08, 2012
at 04:01 AM

It was purchased in Israel and clearly labeled as such. I think it was labeled on the can itself which is blue and white. If you'd like, I can try and check.

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on January 01, 2012
at 05:26 AM

I got a case (in Brooklyn,store-Benz) 100 cans for $200 good price!! for good stuff! just if you eat it too often it'll make you gain weight...eat once every 2 weeks...not more.

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on January 01, 2012
at 10:37 AM

I'd be worried about the BPA-lining.

Medium avatar

on August 01, 2014
at 03:38 AM

I thought we'd accepted the new paradigm in which fat doesn't cause weight gain. Is this your personal experience?

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on April 07, 2011
at 01:42 PM

Found this recently on Amazon, but its about $5 a can. Not worth it :(

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on April 07, 2011
at 05:32 PM

If you look at the Pubmed article I cited you will see that per 100g tin there is approx. 48.5g avg. of omega3's. Of that; over half(26g) is DHA. When you consider how much fish oil capsules you would need to equal that, eating a tin of liver with oil a few times a week would be cost effective

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

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on April 07, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Hmm. Thanks for the insight. I do really need to work on my o3 balance.. too many avocados and too much chicken.

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A3ff262a2686d79789e09a26013901b3

on April 07, 2011
at 12:43 AM

WOW, I just discoverd this stuff. and found an excelent pubmed article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11890054. At $2.69 for a 120g(4.2oz) here in Canada, I am going to start eating this regularly. I find that it has a very neutral/natural taste compared to straight CLO. Maybe its just that I have had rancid CLO before, but the cod liver packed in its own oil was awsome. This is the stuff I got: http://www.edelweissimports.com/sf-cod-liver-packed-in-oil-pr-145.html. Only I got mine off the shelf at a local store.

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on September 11, 2015
at 11:23 AM

Hi guys, if you have any questions about cod liver - I would be glad to answer ([email protected]), as i work in this business, working close with laboratory and production and know i would guess almost everyhitng about it. 

NB: the good cod liver produced from fresh raw material is supposed to have some light beige color with some pinky shade, and smell of it is supposed to be purely as fresh fish and NOT any bitter taste or dark brown colors, the oil around it should be clear light yellow, not brown.  

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Edb9c0e207fa4fa992f42916d4ecc356

on September 08, 2015
at 02:27 PM

Hi guys, i am working for the canning factory producing Canned cod liver in Iceland (ican.is). This product is highly healthy food if it´s produced from cod fish, which was caught in clear waters, not much polluted, otherwise it will contain dioxins (heavy metals, which are not good for us). Good fresh material comes from Iceland and Norway. If you have any questions about the cod liver in cans, you are welcome to ask me. [email protected]

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on January 04, 2015
at 11:07 PM

Anyone buy the Russian/Norwegian product -- canned cod liver "in own oil" ? What kind of oil is it really packaged in? (for sale here, or at Russian delis for way cheaper.)

 

If I remember correctly, I stopped buying this a few years ago as soon as I noticed that it was packaged in some sub-par oil, like soybean. However, when I look at the package today, the only ingredients listed are "cod liver, salt" despite the fact that it's floating in oil. I am highly skeptical that the price has remained the same, but they've upgraded it to cod liver oil. Does anyone have any insights? Thanks.

Edb9c0e207fa4fa992f42916d4ecc356

on September 11, 2015
at 11:09 AM

hi Katya, Cod liver as you know is highly fatty product, so when you put the liver into the can and add salt, closing it with the lid, cleaning closed tin and put it for sterilisation in autoclave, with 115 degrees Celcius (steam), the liver stats to cook in it´s own oil and dissolve out of itself some cod liver oil. It depends on the season, how much oil comes out (cod fish sometime fatter and sometime low-fat depending on whether it´s winter or summer and so on). Actually the cod liver oil around it is the most natural cod liver oil you can get, it´s with no additives, preservatives or any other thing other than cod liver and salt. It´s so plain and natural that when you open the tin, the oxidation starts to take place and you need to store it in some glass/porcelaine container with lid and in the fridge, only for 1-2 days! And i heard some people let oil into the trash and eat only liver, but i highly recommend to store it and take as a good source of Vitamins A, D, fosfor, Fatty Acids like Omega 3, Iodine and some other. You can find some articles online about the Omega 3 fatty acids and how good they are against bad fats, supporting your health a lot. Just if you are pregnant then don´t take much of it as it contains huge amount of Vitamin A (just little per day, like a spoon only). I heard it helps also to prevent the problems with joints. 

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on August 12, 2014
at 04:22 AM

I have SO MANY CANS of this! I accidentally purchased 2 packages of 6 cans on Amazon - AHH! HA HA! And lets be real, A LITTLE goes a long way FOR SURE! Does anyone have any recipes to share?

Edb9c0e207fa4fa992f42916d4ecc356

on September 08, 2015
at 03:11 PM

Hi, you can find a lot of recipes on our website, ican.is

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on November 30, 2012
at 04:56 AM

No one has commented on the high cholesterol content.... any thoughts ?

Edb9c0e207fa4fa992f42916d4ecc356

on September 09, 2015
at 02:24 PM

Omega fatty acids in the liver help to dissolve exessive cholesterol

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on December 02, 2012
at 04:22 PM

We're not worried about cholesterol around here, the more the better. It's our repair mechanism, not something to be feared.

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on October 07, 2012
at 02:16 AM

If you live anywhere in a vicinity of a Russian store, they have canned cod liver there and it's usually priced pretty reasonably.

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on June 22, 2010
at 06:42 PM

I was able to find several brands for sale on the Internet. There is an issue with overfishing, but Iceland's involvement in the problem is unclear. Also interesting are the minor "cod wars" that have been waged between Iceland and Britain.

Health wise, it seems like this is the most natural form of cod liver oil you can possibly get. It wouldn't surprise me if some of the negatives of consuming the oil are mitigated by the inclusion of the whole liver, but I am not sure of this. Of course, those who avoid all canned products would also avoid this one.

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on June 22, 2010
at 05:58 PM

Sounds pretty good! I would eat it.

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