How much should fish we be eating?
In Europe, all countries recommend consuming fish. This is because Fish has an integral role in the diet, owing to its varied and numerous health benefits. Ideally, we should all aim for at least 2 portions per week, including a serving of fatty fish. Fatty fish include salmon, tuna (not tinned/canned), mackerel and sardines.
The World Health Organisation has made a general recommendation for the global population to regularly eat fish (1-2 servings per week), and that servings should ideally provide omega 3 fatty acids. EFSA (the European Food Safety Agency) has given a similar recommendation for the European adult population, that people should eat 1-2 servings of fatty fish per week. However, because a variety of fish species are consumed across Europe, EFSA recommended that each country in Europe advises on its own pattern of fish consumption.
Why is fish so healthy?
Of the other key nutrients found in fish, whether or not they’re present and the amount they’re present in is dependent on fish species. For example, omega 3 is found in fish species including pollock,cod, salmon and haddock, and is an ‘essential’ fatty acid. ‘Essential’ nutrients are those you need to consume in the diet, as our bodies cannot make these themselves, and children and adults across Europe should be aiming to eat more omega 3 in their diets. Why not try our delicious Omega 3 Fish Fingers to boost your intake?
What about the vitamins and minerals in our fish?Other key nutrients found in our fish species in varying amounts include selenium, iodine and vitamin D. Selenium helps to maintain a healthy immune system and thyroid function, as well as maintaining normal hair and nails, while iodine contributes to normal child growth, normal cognitive brain function, and normal thyroid function. Iodine and selenium are found in our classic Fish Fingers- who knew good nutrition could be so tasty?
Vitamin D is the so-called ‘sunshine vitamin’, as it’s made in the skin in the presence of sunlight at certain times in the year. However, vitamin D deficiency is an increasingly recognised issue in Ireland. As vitamin D has many important roles in the body, including maintaining muscle function, immune system function and normal bones and teeth, it’s therefore good to consume dietary sources of vitamin D to top up your levels. Our salmon products provide a tasty source of vitamin D- so why not try one of these tonight?