Oily fish is hugely important in our diet. Here we examine why it is important and which fish supply the right amount of omega 3 oils.
Why should you make sure you get your oily fish? While the phrase oily fish may not conjure images of scrumptious delicious meals, there are very important reasons why getting your oily fish is vital to a healthy diet.
Eel, herring, kipper, mackerel, pilchards, sardines, salmon, trout and whitebait are all included so there's also no reason why it can't be tasty as well as good for you.
The key element here is that they all contain omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids have proven to help reduce the risk of a fatal heart attack and other forms of heart disease.
They're also thought to be particularly good for expectant mothers and those who are breastfeeding. This is because before, and immediately after birth, they help develop the central nervous system.
It is, however, possible to have too much of a good thing so you should avoid eating more than two portions per week. (One portion being approximately one hundred and forty grams.) This is because of industrial pollutants that may be in the fish that can become harmful if eaten in excessive quantities over a long period.
Its all about finding the right balance and making sure you get the right amount of what you do need. While you can enjoy your omega 3 whether it comes canned, frozen or fresh, bear in mind that not all forms have the same levels present. For instance, while fresh tuna is a good source, canned is not as the process involved reduces the amount of omega 3.