Posted 22nd October 2010 by Josa Young
Scientists have known since the 1930s that omega-3 fatty acids are essential for good health, but it's only in the last few years that they've taken off in the popular imagination. And oily fish are the best possible source. In the 1970s, it was found that the Inuit (eskimos) in Greenland had virtually no heart disease or arthritis, while eating huge amounts of fat from seafood. Other studies have shown that a diet rich in omega-3s has a positive impact on cancer, and also on brain function and eyesight, particularly for children.
So it's lucky that oily fish is delicious, and it's easy to get enough omega-3s if you eat salmon, sardines, mackerel and herrings regularly. Rewarding and nutritious, you should make room for at least one meal based around oily fish every week. Most adults in the UK only eat a third of what they should, with seven out of ten of us eating none at all. Plant sources include linseeds and marine algae, which allow vegetarians to benefit.
One big advantage of fish is how quick it is to cook. Ask our fishmongers to debone your selection for even more convenience. Oily fish is particularly good smoked. Why not try a hot smoked salmon starter, or garlic and yoghurt potato cakes with smoked salmon, next time you have a dinner party? Even fussy kids love rice, and will easily accept salmon in a kedgeree. Teryaki salmon skewers have proved very popular with our younger customers too. For an unusual main course, try lentil salad with flaked salmon. If you need to eat gluten free, there's our sardine topped mini pizzas - you could use the topping on any pizza base or even on toast.
There's so much variety that you need never get bored while benefitting your health.