Omega-3 is an essential oil that we need to protect our organs, joints, skin and hair from damage. But did you know, that it can’t be produced by the body!! What this means is we have to make sure that our diets contain the whopping 250mg Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) that the European Food Safety Authority says every adult should have. Now, that could be a problem…..
Unless of course, we eat plenty of sea caught FISH – herrings, mackerel, wild salmon, sardines and trout are particularly good, as they contain high levels of Omega-3.
Omega-3 is a “good” fat (like Omega-6 which is found in vegetable oils). For example, it helps people who suffer from diabetes, by improving insulin sensitivity. It also contains a high level of vitamin D… the ‘sunshine vitamin’, which helps prevent the development of diabetes in the first place!
Our friendly sea caught Pelagics (herrings, mackerel and co.) are just that – friendly! They tend to live near the surface of the sea (so presumably it’s easier for our fishermen to find them) and swim around in shoals or family groups, just like us (very helpful too – I think that means there’s more to be caught in one go….. so, possibly more ecologically friendly by helping lower the overall carbon footprint associated with catching them!).
But anyone who is counting the calories should remember that these ‘friendly fish’ also contribute to our overall daily calorie intake. If eaten too liberally, they could be a source of unwanted ‘belly blubber’! A useful tip: have ‘friendly fish’ 2-3 times per week and don’t overdo the oily intake – keep it to about 25 – 30% of overall daily calorie intake.
Thank you to Linda Wilson for providing this article.
A range of oily fish