We asked our resident nutritionist Juliette Kellow about some recent research on omega 3 fats, mostly from supplements, that highlights it might not be as beneficial to heart health as previously thought. She tells us what this means for those of us who eat seafood for the health benefits.
“This analysis of many studies found that omega-3 fats, mainly in the form of supplements, doesn’t benefit heart health. However, the trials on those increasing their omega 3 levels through eating oily fish were too small to conclude whether there was a benefit or not.
“It’s nearly always better to get nutrients from the food we eat rather than from taking a supplement, and omega-3 fats are no exception. Fish, and especially oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, herring and salmon, is rich in omega-3 fats, but it’s also naturally packaged with a range of other nutrients that are essential for our overall health, including protein, B vitamins, vitamin D and minerals such as selenium, iodine and phosphorus – something that supplements alone don’t provide.
At Fish is the Dish towers we are always encouraging more people to eat more fish more often, which is why we recommend you to eat two portions of fish per week, one that should be oil-rich.
As Juliette says, seafood provides lots of nutrients including:
- Protein which supports muscle mass
- B Vitamins which helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA
- Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones
- Selenium which is great for your immune system
- Iodine helps make thyroid hormones which keeps cells healthy
- Phosphorus helps to form strong bones and teeth.
With those benefits, why restrict yourself to only two portions of seafood a week? There are so many easy ways to include it into your diet. How about a fish finger sandwich? A mackerel and broccoli bake for the whole family? Adding sardines ito a frittata or even whipping up some tuna meatballs?
If you are new to eating seafood, why don’t you try our 28 day plan? (add link) It gives you some mouth-watering and easy ways to include more fish into your diet.
Whichever way you choose to have it, make sure you check out our social media channels to find out the latest ways to try it and let us know what you think.