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Canned Fish Draining

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

How much omega 3 do you lose if you drain all that water/oil the fish is packed in?

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on January 14, 2013
at 04:42 AM

Wild Planet sardines are packed in olive oil.

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on January 14, 2013
at 02:47 AM

Why? Vegetable oil!

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on January 13, 2013
at 09:38 PM

Wouldn't work for the brand of canned salmon I get... it's more watery than oily.

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on January 13, 2013
at 09:29 PM

Yeah I don't usually get canned fish but I bought some today and thought about it after I poured it in the sink.

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on January 13, 2013
at 09:08 PM

Negligible I hope, I always poor it down the drain.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on January 13, 2013
at 09:07 PM

Why drain it? I pour the oil that the sardines are packed in on my salad with the sardines for a dressing.

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on January 14, 2013
at 02:47 AM

Why? Vegetable oil!

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on January 14, 2013
at 04:42 AM

Wild Planet sardines are packed in olive oil.

2fd93e91bb14e641a2bac9c6033e84e2

(1614)

on January 13, 2013
at 09:38 PM

Wouldn't work for the brand of canned salmon I get... it's more watery than oily.

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194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on January 14, 2013
at 01:34 AM

You probably lose some things in addition to omega 3s, too, since the fish is cooked in the liquid in the canning process. Amino acids, minerals, vitamins. There's stuff in it. Can we put a number to it? No. Is it significant? Depends on what you consider significant.

My answer is: "Probably a little bit."

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on January 13, 2013
at 11:17 PM

Double blind canned fish drainage studies have shown canned fish drainage to be superior to sugar water.

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on January 13, 2013
at 10:16 PM

Probably not a whole lot of the oils in water, so I wouldn't sweat that.

I don't understand why you'd buy fish packed in oil. It ultimately just dilutes what good fish oil there is with crappy soy or olive oils. That will extract the fish oil and you will throw away a good amount. I guess you can argue it tastes slightly better packed in oil. But then you can simply add oil right before serving and control the quality better.

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