Is sea bass as nutritional as salmon?

1 answer | Last updated: Oct 12, 2016
Martyb asked...

Several types of fish have been mentioned as the best for health. Sea Bass was not mentioned and want to know if it is as beneficial Salmon?


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Beth Reardon, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., is Caring.com senior food and nutrition editor and the director of integrative nutrition at Duke Integrative Medicine. As a practitioner of integrative nutrition, Reardon takes a holistic approach to wellness, recognizing that the foundation for optimal health and healing begins with a health-promoting diet. As a practitioner of integrative nutrition, Reardon takes a holistic approach to wellness, recognizing that the foundation for optimal health and healing begins with a health-promoting diet.

The criterion that is most often used to characterize a fish as "healthy" include a reference to the omega 3 fatty acid content, or the amount of EPA and DHA in the fish. Generally our best sources of these essential fats are the cold water fish including wild salmon, sardines, herring, black cod and anchovies. Sea Bass contains between .1 and .2 grams of EPA per 100 grams (3-4 ounces) of fish. Salmon by comparison is estimated to contain .8 grams per 100 grams. So in terms of the omega 3 content cold water wild salmon is the healthier choice, however, I would consider most fish (with the exception of the larger species that may concentrate heavy metals) a healthy choice. Seafood and legumes being low in fat and high in protein are among some of the best sources of non meat protein available. So eat up and enjoy!