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Fish oil vs Cod liver oil - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Fish oil and Cod liver oil different?

  • Fish oil is higher in Monounsaturated Fat, however Cod liver oil is richer in Vitamin A RAE, and Polyunsaturated fat.
  • Daily need coverage for Vitamin A RAE from Cod liver oil is 3333% higher.

Fish oil, herring and Fish oil, cod liver are the varieties used in this article.

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Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
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Contains more Vitamin A +∞%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 6000% 0% 7500% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin A +∞%

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Fish oil Cod liver oil
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in Cholesterol ok
Lower in Sugar Equal
Lower in Sodium Equal
Lower in glycemic index Equal
Lower in price Equal
Rich in minerals Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Fish oil Cod liver oil Opinion
Net carbs 0g 0g
Protein 0g 0g
Fats 100g 100g
Carbs 0g 0g
Calories 902kcal 902kcal
Starch g g
Fructose g g
Sugar g g
Fiber 0g 0g
Calcium 0mg 0mg
Iron 0mg 0mg
Magnesium 0mg 0mg
Phosphorus 0mg 0mg
Potassium 0mg 0mg
Sodium 0mg 0mg
Zinc 0mg 0mg
Copper 0mg 0mg
Vitamin A 0IU 100000IU Cod liver oil
Vitamin E mg mg
Vitamin D IU 10000IU Cod liver oil
Vitamin D µg 250µg Cod liver oil
Vitamin C 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B1 0mg mg Fish oil
Vitamin B2 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B3 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B5 0mg 0mg
Vitamin B6 0mg 0mg
Folate 0µg 0µg
Vitamin B12 0µg 0µg
Vitamin K µg µg
Tryptophan mg mg
Threonine mg mg
Isoleucine mg mg
Leucine mg mg
Lysine mg mg
Methionine mg mg
Phenylalanine mg mg
Valine mg mg
Histidine mg mg
Cholesterol 766mg 570mg Cod liver oil
Trans Fat g g
Saturated Fat 21.29g 22.608g Fish oil
Monounsaturated Fat 56.564g 46.711g Fish oil
Polyunsaturated fat 15.604g 22.541g Cod liver oil

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Fish oil Cod liver oil
Low Fats diet Equal
Low Carbs diet Equal
Low Calories diet Equal
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

The summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfills human daily needs, the more the summary score is.
Vitamin Summary Score
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Fish oil
1125
Cod liver oil
Mineral Summary Score
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Fish oil
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Cod liver oil

Macronutrients Comparison

Macronutrient comparison charts compare the amount of protein, total fats, and total carbohydrates in 300 grams of the food. The displayed values show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of food.
Protein
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Fish oil
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Cod liver oil
Carbohydrates
0%
Fish oil
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Cod liver oil
Fats
462%
Fish oil
462%
Cod liver oil

Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Fish oil
Fish oil is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 1.318g)
Which food is lower in Cholesterol?
Cod liver oil
Cod liver oil is lower in Cholesterol (difference - 196mg)
Which food contains less Sugar?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sugar ( g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
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The foods are relatively equal in Sodium (0 mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
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The foods have equal glycemic indexes (0)
Which food is cheaper?
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The foods are relatively equal in price ($5)
Which food is richer in minerals?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.

References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links to the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Fish oil - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/172340/nutrients
  2. Cod liver oil - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173577/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000 calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.