Macronutrients are the nutrients that people require in larger quantities to support a healthy diet. Protein, fat and carbohydrates are all classified as macronutrients.
Salmon is an excellent source of protein and also includes healthy fats, like omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are associated with improved health outcomes, especially when consumed from fish.1,2
An average 3.5 oz. (100 g) serving of raw, farmed Atlantic salmon contains the following macronutrients:
|Macronutrient||3.5 oz. (100 g) salmon fillet*3||Daily Reference Value – (DRV**)4||%DRV‡5|
|Polyunsaturated fatty acids (g)||3.89||No DRV established||n/a|
|Omega-3 fatty acids (ALA) (g)||0.15||1.6 (men)***6|
|Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA) (g)||1.97||No DRV established||n/a|
|Omega-6 fatty acids (g)||1.09||No DRV established||n/a|
|Monounsaturated fatty acids (g)||3.77||No DRV established||n/a|
|Saturated fatty acids (g)||3.05||20||15%|
* Raw farmed Atlantic salmon.
** Daily Reference Value–set of numerical quantities developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the dietary intake of energy-containing macronutrients. They show you the maximum amount of calories and nutrients you should eat in a day based on the reference caloric intake of 2,000 calories for an adult.
‡ A DRV of 20% or more of a nutrient per serving is considered high and of 5% or less is considered low.5
*** Established adequate intake for the omega-3 fatty acid ALA.