Also called dolphin fish or dorado, Mahi Mahi is known for its rounded, crested head and colorful yellow and blue-green scales. Mahi Mahi features a dense, moist flesh that is mild in taste and the benefits and concerns associated with eating this fish are similar to those with other seafood and fish.
A cooked, three-ounce piece of Mahi Mahi contains 119 calories, 25.5 grams of protein, zero grams of carbohydrates, one gram of total fat and zero grams of fiber, according to MotherNature.com.
Sources of Nutrients
Mahi Mahi is an Excellent course of Selenium (40mcg), Niacin (10mg) and Vitamin B6 (0.88mg), meaning that one cooked, three-ounce piece of Mahi Mahi provides 20 percent or more of the Recommended Daily Value of those nutrients, based on guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture, according to MotherNature.com. The same sized serving of Mahi Mahi is also a good source of potassium (484mg), meaning it provides between 10 and 20 percent of the USDA Recommended Daily Value.
The American Heart Association recommends eating fish twice a week at the least, although the benefits and risks of eating fish like Mahi Mahi vary by a person's stage of life because some types of fish contain high concentrations of mercury, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls and other contaminants. The mean mercury level in parts per million of Mahi Mahi is 0.19.
Ciguatera poisoning may occur when eating Mahi Mahi, according to FamilyDoctor.org. Ciguatera poisoning occurs when reef fish--or fish that reside in warm, tropical water--eat a poisonous food, as that poison does not leave when the fish is frozen or cooked.
Common in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, Mahi Mahi can be found worldwide. Mahi Mahi sold in the United States are primarily from Costa Rice, Ecuador and Taiwan, while the main sources of the fish are Taiwan and Japan followed by Brazil and Pakistan.
Omega-3 fatty acids benefit heart health, according to the American Heart Association. Fish is a good source of protein and is low in saturated fat, unlike fatty mean products. There are 0.13 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids per one three-ounce piece of Mahi Mahi.