Profile of Fatty Acid Contents in Malaysian Freshwater Fish
K., Endinkeau and Tan, Kim Kiew (1993) Profile of Fatty Acid Contents in Malaysian Freshwater Fish. Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, 16 (3). pp. 215-221. ISSN 0126-6128
Nine species of Malaysian freshwater fish were analysed for their lipid and fatty acid contents. The results show that 4 species offish commonly consumed by local people contained significantly high levels offat (range 11-17% of wet weight). Malaysian freshwater fish analysed also contained high levels of unsaturated acids compared to saturated acids. The ratio of unsaturates/saturates ranged from 1.2 to 2.3. The omega-3 acids were generally low in most species analysed except for the belut sawah which contained significantly high levels in C22:6w3 (9.4/100g oil). This quantity is comparable to that of salmon, cod and herring and thus warrants consideration for commercial exploitation. Phospholipid fractions of all fish analysed (except jelawat) had polyunsaturates/saturates ratios greater than 1. O.
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