Fatty acid composition and cholesterol content of some Turkish fish species

IMRE S., Saglik S.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, vol.22, no.4, pp.321-324, 1998 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.321-324
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


It is well known that fish lipids are effective against cardiovascular diseases due to their high contents of polyunsaturated omega-3 (n-3) fatty acids. In order to determine a suitable fish diet, the fatty acid compositions and total lipid and cholesterol contents of 9 common fish species obtained from the central fish market in Istanbul were determined. Palmitic (C-16:0) and oleic acid (C-18:1) were the predominant saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. The predominant polyunsaturated fatty acids were eicosapentaenoic (C-20:5) acid and docosahexaenoic (C-22:6) acid. The amounts of cholesterol in fish lipids did not differ significantly. Sardine (Sardina pilchardus) and mackerel (Scomber scombrus) were found to be the most suitable pelagic species for a preventive diet. Of the groundfishes, only red mullet (Mullus surmuletus) were found to be suitable.