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Health benefits/negatives of consuming fish skin.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 25, 2011 at 12:26 AM

I am assuming there is benefit to consuming fish skin whether raw or cooked. Anyone have any good info on this? Obviously I can google it but I'd prefer to hear fellow cavepeople.

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on June 11, 2013
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But the dark fatty portions are the yummiest... :(

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at 07:38 PM

If you remove the fatty tissues, aren't you also significantly reducing the Omega-3s you get from the fish?

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at 02:29 AM

Salmon skin is awesome when it's crispy.

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on February 25, 2011
at 01:36 AM

I eat the skin on salmon. Don't know if there is much of a problem with it.

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on February 25, 2011
at 02:29 AM

Salmon skin is awesome when it's crispy.

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on June 11, 2013
at 08:54 PM

I could eat fish skin all day. That's where all (exaggeration) the omega 3s are! It's so (&# delicious! If you're not going to eat it, give it to me. It's gold.

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on June 11, 2013
at 04:40 PM

I'd say it depends on where the fish is from, type of fish, etc. For instance, a trout that has been planted by a fishery into a lake is probably fine and safe and a higher source of Omega-3 in the skin itself. And since it has been raised in clean safe conditions, it doesn't really have a buildup of toxins in the skin and fat. Better if lake is up in the mountains away from pollutants.

However, fish caught in lakes around cities, farmlands, etc. that are native (non-planted) probably have higher levels of toxins in the skin. So I would limit your intake of that type of fish skin.

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on February 25, 2011
at 12:29 AM

Toxins such as PCBs and dioxin can concentrate in the skin, fat, and internal organs of fish. Trim away both the skin and the darker, fatty portions of flesh before cooking. And you should avoid eating tomalley, the greenish substance in a crustacean's gut that serves as a liver and pancreas, even though some people consider it a delicacy. Though it might often be safe, it can contain toxins that filter in from polluted habitats.

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on January 16, 2012
at 07:38 PM

If you remove the fatty tissues, aren't you also significantly reducing the Omega-3s you get from the fish?

651b74dfbf378ac90ff3eb183f54944e

(351)

on June 11, 2013
at 05:37 PM

But the dark fatty portions are the yummiest... :(

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