What are the health benefits of Omega-3?
Many of us aren’t getting enough Omega-3, despite the evidence that consuming Omega-3 is vital for our health and wellbeing.
For example, Omega-3:
• Contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels
• Contributes to the normal brain and eye development of the foetus and breastfed infants if consumed by the mother
• Contributes to the normal function of the heart
• Is needed for normal growth and development of children.
Omega-3 is very important, but how can you make sure you and your family are getting enough Omega-3 in your diet and what types of food should you be eating?
We’ve put together a list of 5 sources of Omega-3 to help you understand the foods to include in your diet to keep your intakes up!
It’s well known that fish and other seafood contain high levels of Omega-3 and it’s one of the easiest ways to up your weekly intake of Omega-3. Of course there’s the option of taking supplements such as cod liver oil to increase your levels of Omega-3, but the British Dietetic Association recommend that we eat at least two portions of fish per week, one of which should be oily. Getting Omega-3 from whole foods is the most effective way to ensure optimal Omega-3 intake, and as there are so many ways to include fish and seafood into your diet, it’s a great way to improve your health.
Examples of Omega-3 in fish and seafood:
• Oily fish: Contain the highest levels of Omega-3 and are a great source of essential fatty acids. Types of oily fish containing Omega-3 include salmon, mackerel, fresh tuna and anchovies.
• White fish: Contain lower levels of Omega-3 compared to their oilier counterparts, but are a healthier alternative to red or processed meats and they’re also low in fat. Types of popular white fish containing Omega-3 include haddock and pollock.
• Shellfish: A great alternative to fish and a great way to include Omega-3 in your diet, even though they contain lower levels than oily fish. Types of shellfish containing Omega-3 include crab, mussels, oysters and shrimp.
Fish and shellfish can be cooked in a variety of ways to keep mealtimes exciting, especially if you’re looking for healthy meal ideas that your children can enjoy too. Our range of Omega-3 fish fingers are made with 100% fresh fillet with a delicious, crispy breadcrumb that’s irresistibly tasty and ideal for your Friday night fish dinner!
To boost the Omega-3 in your family’s diet, try swapping our regular fish fingers for our Omega-3 fish fingers and recreate some of our delicious everyday recipes.