Fatty fish is the only fatty animal product of which one should include more – not less!

Some fish are naturally high in fat e.g. mackerel, salmon, sardines, pilchards, snoek! Tuna – when fresh, is also regarded a high fat fish. However, tinned tuna contains – nothing – so to speak.

The fat naturally found in fish contains a fatty acid or type of fat called Omega 3 fat. Omega 3 fat is vital for our health and wellbeing, a healthy heart, good memory, eyesight and a wake-up immune system.

The Omega 3 found in fish is in a form that is “ready to use” by the human body whereas Omega 3 from plant sources such as linseed oil and starflower oil requires some conversion – and not all bodies are equally effective in converting the plant Omega 3.

Some tips to optimise your intake of Omega 3 fat from fish:

When buying tinned “fatty fish”, be sure to choose sardines in water or olive oil. (Sadly this is not always easily available) Alternatively, choose brands that state which oil is used and choose those in soya oil. Drain off excess oil before eating.

Pilchards in tomato sauce or chilli sauce are also a good option to choose.

Do not deep fry fish! The fat naturally found in the fish is all you need. Rather steam, grill or bake fish. Should you require a little oil to prepare foods, use olive oil canola oil.