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American Journal of Food and Nutrition. 2015, 3(4), 106-111
DOI: 10.12691/ajfn-3-4-3
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Nutritional Composition of Skipjack Tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) Caught from the Oceanic Waters around Sri Lankae

A.S. Mahaliyana1, B.K.K.K. Jinadasa2, , N.P.P. Liyanage1, G.D.T.M. Jayasinghe2 and S.C. Jayamanne1

1Uva Wellassa University, Passara Road, Badulla, Sri Lanka

2Institute of Post-Harvest Technology, National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency, Colombo-15, Sri Lanka

Pub. Date: December 09, 2015

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A.S. Mahaliyana, B.K.K.K. Jinadasa, N.P.P. Liyanage, G.D.T.M. Jayasinghe and S.C. Jayamanne. Nutritional Composition of Skipjack Tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) Caught from the Oceanic Waters around Sri Lankae. American Journal of Food and Nutrition. 2015; 3(4):106-111. doi: 10.12691/ajfn-3-4-3


Skipjack tuna samples (n= 44) were collected from representative fish landing sites around Sri Lanka. Proximate composition, fatty acid profile and major essential trace minerals were analyzed according to their respective standard methods, strictly adhering with quality control procedures. As per the results, Skipjack tuna is a rich source of protein (24.13±2.01%). It has low fat content and a majority of the fatty acid composition comprises with ω-3 type fatty acids which have more health benefits. In addition, skipjack tuna is rich with Fe, Cu, and Zn (24.05, 5.04, and 6.89 respectively in mg kg-1) essential minerals in the human body.

skipjack tuna Katsuwonus pelamis proximate composition protein fatty acid profile essential minerals

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