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Nutritional value of fish head

buhnard | Apr 29, 2015 02:24 AM

Ate a fried red snapper head yesterday, and was wondering about the nutritional breakdown of the head specifically.

Does anyone know how fish head (the whole thing - bones, eyes, brain, etc.) compares to fish filets, in terms of fats/micronutrients? This can be for either red snapper or fish in general.

*Edit*: Thanks to DuchessNukem, I checked out the listings on USDA. Here's what I found:
No significant differences in calories, protein, or phosphorus. The meat has about 60% more fat (6.1g vs 3.6g/100g). Perhaps more significantly, 100g of fish head has nearly 4mg of iron (half of adult male daily intake) vs 0.29mg in the meat.

mbfant: It was actually so good I'm hoping to eat it regularly! I'm currently in Ghana, and most of my acquaintances eat the entire *boiled* medium-sized tilapia, including head, bone, and tail! I tried it once, finished the head, but jaw got too tired after an hour trying to eat the main bone.

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