I just saw a patient who asked about fish oil. She wanted to know if she should be taking fish oil because they have a fair amount of calories. Well any oil whether it’s fish oil or olive oil or canola oil will have about 120 calories a tablespoon. A typical serving of fish oil maybe one to two grams of fish oil. Here’s a nutritional label from fish oil.
This one shows that this capsule has a 180 milligrams of EPA and 120 milligrams of DHA for total 300 milligrams for 10 calories.
If this person were to have about a gram of DHA and EPA that would be about 30 to 40 calories.
I think the health benefits of fish oil are definitely worth it.
A typical serving of fish oil will be perhaps 40 to 80 calories depending on your dose.
Definitely go ahead and take fish oil discuss it with your primary care doctor because much higher doses, such as anything over 3 grams per day of fish oil can potentially cause bleeding tendencies.
But I’m a big fan of fish oil for cardiac health and the calorie count is not too high.
A serving is generally under a hundred calories per serving .