Fish and protein

Protein is a nutrient many of us associate with ripped body builders and regular gym goers. But there’s far more to this nutrient than simply building strong muscles. Better still, you don’t need to eat loads of steak, survive on egg-white omelettes or down pints of milk or protein shakes to get enough.

There’s one food that’s often forgotten about when it comes to providing a protein hit. It’s a great source of many other essential nutrients, too. And it’s a food that health experts agree we should eat more frequently.

Protein plus… omega-3

It’s also important to look at what else protein is packaged with in foods – and that’s where fish really shines. Unlike many other animal sources of protein, most white...

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Protein plus…vitamins and minerals

Another benefit to choosing fish more often to boost protein intakes, is that it comes with a wide range of other vitamins and minerals. Amounts vary depending on the variety but...

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A great protein alternative

Health organisations around the world agree that for many of us, eating less red meat, and especially processed meat, can help reduce the risk of bowel cancer12,13,14. In the UK...

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How much protein?

In the UK, most of us get enough protein in our diet. Health guidelines recommend we should have about 50g a day17. In fact, figures from the National Diet and...

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During the teenage years

Most teenagers get enough protein in their diet but poor eating habits, constantly snacking rather than eating meals and skipping meals becomes more common during these years. It’s also a...

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When mid-life hits

Studies show that we start to lose muscle by the time we are in our 30’s. How quickly this happens depends on how active we are – if we’re inactive...

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In our golden years

As we get older, our muscle mass and strength continues to decline naturally. This is known as sarcopenia and it often accelerates once we reach our mid 60’s. One of...

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How fish can help us meet our need for protein

Health experts recommend everyone has two servings of fish each week, one of which should be oily such as mackerel, sardines, herring, kippers, trout or salmon. A serving when cooked...

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To support a healthy weight

Ensuring muscles are strong helps to boost our metabolic rate – the rate at which the body burns calories. This means the more muscle we have, the more calories we...

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When we’re working out

Most of us already consume more than enough protein to support working out in the gym for an hour, doing an exercise class such as Zumba, or going for a...

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When we are pregnant or breastfeeding

During pregnancy the need for protein increases in order to support the growth of the developing baby19. Breastfeeding mums also need more protein to produce a good quality breast milk...

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