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The potential impact of compositional changes in farmed fish on its health-giving properties: is it time to reconsider current dietary recommendations?

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de Roos B, Sneddon A, Sprague M, Horgan G & Brouwer I (2017) The potential impact of compositional changes in farmed fish on its health-giving properties: is it time to reconsider current dietary recommendations?. Public Health Nutrition, 20 (11), pp. 2042-2049. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980017000696

Abstract
Assessment of national dietary guidelines in a number of European countries reveals that some are based on cohort studies, focusing on total seafood consumption, while others are based on the content of EPA and DHA, distinguishing between oily and other fish. The mean actual intake of fish in most countries is around or below the recommended intake, with differences in intake of fish being present between sex and age groups. Many people do not reach the national recommendation for total fish intake. Dietary recommendations for fish and EPA/DHA are based mainly on data collected more than 10 years ago. However, methods of farmed fish production have changed considerably since then. The actual content of EPA and DHA in farmed salmon has nearly halved as the traditional finite marine ingredients fish meal and fish oil in salmon diets have been replaced with sustainable alternatives of terrestrial origin. As farmed salmon is an important source of EPA and DHA in many Western countries, our intake of these fatty acids is likely to have decreased. In addition, levels of vitamin D and Se are also found to have declined in farmed fish in the past decade. Significant changes in the EPA and DHA, vitamin D and Se content of farmed fish means that average intakes of these nutrients in Western populations are probably lower than before. This may have consequences for the health-giving properties of fish as well as future dietary recommendations for fish intake.

Keywords
Fish intake;Dietary recommendations;Aquaculture;Fish fatty acids

Journal
Public Health Nutrition: Volume 20, Issue 11

StatusPublished
Publication date31/08/2017
Publication date online24/05/2017
Date accepted by journal27/03/2017
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/25562
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISSN1368-9800
eISSN1475-2727

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Dr Matthew Sprague
Dr Matthew Sprague

Lecturer in Nutrition, Institute of Aquaculture