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Still Spending Big on Fish Oil with Added Extras? Analyzing the Ingredients of 12 Commercial Fish Oils!

As people in Taiwan are increasingly focusing on their health and turning to fish oil supplements, they may find a wide variety of options on the market. Besides knowing to choose high concentrations, smart consumers should also examine the ingredient labels. Today, let’s learn how to read the ingredient labels of fish oil supplements to better filter out some additional ingredients.

 

 Is Your Fish Oil Really Fish Oil?

To know if the fish oil supplement you’re taking is pure, whether it contains other oils or flavors, and whether what’s declared by the manufacturers is accurate, here are some answers.

Since 2014, according to the regulations implemented by the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration, all food products must label their ‘Contents/Ingredients.’ The contents, including ingredients and additives, regardless of their quantity, must be clearly labeled. They should also be listed in descending order based on their quantity (in accordance with Article 22 of the Food Safety and Sanitation Management Act).

Fish oil supplements fall under these regulations. Therefore, when purchasing a product, you can first check if the packaging clearly indicates ‘Contents/Ingredients.’ Next, you can directly inspect the listed ingredients, checking for any components other than fish oil.

💡 Common components in fish oil supplements include the following (points 4 and 5 refer to additional ingredients):

  1. Active Functional Ingredient:
    Fish oil.
  2. Antioxidants to Avoid Fish Oil Oxidation:
    Mixed tocopherols (Vitamin E).
  3. Ingredients of the Soft Gel Capsule:
    Gelatin, glycerin, purified water.
  4. First Category of Additional Ingredients:
    Other oils besides fish oil. Fish oil supplements are meant for the intake of Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. If additional oils are included, competing for absorption and metabolism, it may affect efficacy.
  5. Second Category of Additional Ingredients:
    Addition of flavoring, vanilla extract. Some fish oil products, in order to boast a lack of fishy taste, might add flavorings to mask the taste. However, quality raw materials should control the fishy taste during the extraction process rather than relying on flavorings.

 

 12 Fish Oil Products with Additional Ingredients

Our team, upon reviewing commercially available fish oil supplements, discovered that 12 products contain the aforementioned additional ingredients. We list them here to alert consumers. Consuming these products excessively not only fails to provide the intended health benefits but may also introduce additional burdens on health due to the extra ingredients.

  1. Brands Deep Sea Fish Oil + Astaxanthin


    Contains additional oil component: Soybean oil (i.e., salad oil), medium-chain triglycerides.

  2. GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil

    GNC 三效魚油
    Contains additional oil components: Medium-chain triglycerides, stearic acid, olive oil.

  3. Blackmores Concentrated Deep Sea Fish Oil

    澳佳寶 三倍濃縮深海魚油
    Contains additional oil components: Soybean oil (i.e., salad oil), sunflower oil.
    Contains flavoring: Vanillin (vanilla extract).

  4. Suntory DHA & EPA + Sesamin E

    三得利DHAEPA+芝麻E
    Contains additional oil components: Corn oil, rapeseed oil.

  5. Kirkland Fish Oil 1000mg

    科克蘭 魚油1000毫克
    Contains additional oil component: Sunflower seed oil.

  6. Biotech Deep Sea Fish Oil

    信東 深海魚油
    Contains additional oil component: Sunflower oil.

  7. Sundown  High-Potency Pure Fish Oil

    日落恩賜 高單位精純魚油
    Contains additional oil component: Soybean oil (i.e., salad oil).

  8. Southernature Concentrate Deep Sea Fish Oil

    澳綠康倍 精粹深海魚油
    Contains flavoring: Vanillin (vanilla extract).

  9. Essential Omega-3 Fish Oil with Vitamin E

    美安 易善魚油維他命E
    Contains additional oil components: Lemon oil, soybean oil (i.e., salad oil).

  10. SpringLeaf Squalene Deep Sea Fish Oil

    綠芙 特級深海魚油
    Contains additional oil component: Soybean oil (i.e., salad oil).

  11. Health Plus Omega-3 Fish Oil Capsules

    倍健Omega-3魚油膠囊
    Contains additional oil component: Lemon oil.

  12. heilusan Deep Sea Salmon Oil

    好立善純淨深海鮭魚油
    Label indicates concentrated fish oil (70% by weight), but when calculated, actual Omega-3 is only 30%, potentially misleading consumers.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, it is strongly encouraged for the public to understand the significance of ‘Contents/Ingredients.’ Once aware of this, individuals can personally scrutinize whether the fish oil supplements they are purchasing are pure, without the addition of extra ingredients. This way, they can consume with peace of mind and prioritize their health.

 

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