How much salmon is safe to consume weekly?

 The safety of consuming salmon (or any fish) per week depends on various factors, including the type of salmon, its mercury content, and your overall diet and health. Here are some general guidelines:

Mercury Content:

  • Wild-caught salmon: Generally contains lower levels of mercury compared to larger predatory fish.
  • Farmed salmon: May have slightly higher mercury levels due to differences in diet and farming practices.


  1. Mercury Considerations: The FDA and EPA recommend consuming a variety of fish and shellfish, including salmon, to minimize exposure to mercury. They advise:

    • For adults: Up to 8-12 ounces (about 227-340 grams) of low-mercury fish per week, including salmon.
    • For pregnant and breastfeeding women: Up to 8-12 ounces per week, but avoiding high-mercury fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish.
  2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have numerous health benefits, including heart health. Consuming salmon regularly, within the recommended limits, can be beneficial.

  3. Balanced Diet: Ensure your diet includes a variety of foods to meet all your nutrient needs, including protein, vitamins, and minerals.


  • Up to 8-12 ounces (about 227-340 grams) of salmon per week is generally considered safe for most adults, as part of a varied and balanced diet.
  • Choose wild-caught salmon when possible for lower mercury levels.
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should follow specific guidelines to minimize mercury exposure.
  • Consult with a healthcare provider or a registered dietitian for personalized recommendations based on your health status and dietary needs.