Body, Heart, And Soul – The Health Benefits Of Fish – a freelance article by Helen Bowes

Body, Heart, And Soul – The Health Benefits Of Fish

When you were young, you probably had a relative tell you that if you wanted to do well in school, you should eat lots of fish. Fish, they went on, is good for the brain. You probably believed it at the time (as children are wont to do), but dismissed it as an old wives’ tale when you got older. Well, as it happens, your younger self was right to believe it. Studies into the health benefits of fish are proving that not only is it indeed very good for the brain – but also for your heart, your skin, your joints, your lungs, your eyes…the list goes on. Here are just a few of the many ways in which eating fish can make you the very image of good health.

Fish Is Good For Your Heart

The benefits of oily sea fish were first suspected when it was observed that the Inuit – whose diet primarily consists of seafood – were observed to have much lower rates of cardiovascular disease than members of other cultures. While recent research has dismissed claims that Omega 3 fatty acids in fish directly benefit the heart, scientists nonetheless point out that consumption of fish can help to lower your blood pressure, and clean out your blood vessels. All of which is, of course, excellent news for your cardiovascular system. Due to fishing quotas and continued wrangling over European fishery regulations, the price of fish is often seen as an issue. However, if you are a bit financially savvy with your shopping, or buy direct from us, then fish can actually replace meats like poultry and beef with a minimum of damage to your wallet! After all, who can put a price on a healthy heart?

Fish Is Good For Your Brain

Just like granny told you, eating oily fish really can improve your brain – if you broil or bake it, that is. This is because the effect is, once again, down to those Omega 3 fatty acids – which are often destroyed during the frying process. Studies undertaken over decades on various individuals have determined that those who regularly eat broiled or baked fish have more grey matter in their brains to a later age than those who do not. In effect, this means that their brains are performing at a higher level for longer. Fish-eaters were also more likely to have achieved highly in school, and to have gone on to get a college education. These findings were borne out by a study here in the UK, which saw school children given Omega 3 supplements concentrating for longer and performing better in school than they had done previously. Scientists theorise that Omega 3 fatty acids may make it easier for synapses within the brain to signal each other, which not only makes the thinking process faster and more efficient, it also keeps the brain-cells active and nourished, meaning that they are less likel to stagnate and die off.

Fish Is Good For Your Mood

As well as being rich in essential fatty acids like Omega 3, fish is also packed full of protein, Vitamin D, selenium, and many other vital nutrients. It’s also exceedingly low in saturated fat. Vitamin D in particular is something that we in Britain really need to get us through the cloudy days and the dark winter. Vitamin D is a nutrient that is also obtained through the skin when we are exposed to sunlight – and as such it’s a nutrient that we really, really need. Humans evolved in much sunnier climes than Britain, and our bodies find it hard to cope without much Vitamin D. Traditionally, communities as far north as Britain survived by eating a diet high in fish, which is itself high in Vitamin D. It is only relatively recently that fish has started to lose its pole position in the Western diet – and we’re suffering the consequences. Vitamin D is essential for the formation of strong bones, and it is a major aid to the immune system. It also plays a crucial role in regulating our moods. Lack of Vitamin D is why so many people get miserable and even more get sick during the darkness of winter. Some people buy expensive sunlight lamps to help them get their Vitamin D fix – but it’s far cheaper (and much tastier!) to top up your D levels by eating fish!

This is a freelance article by Helen Bowes

Glogal Prawn crisis

News on the Global Prawn crisis…Unfortunately the global supply of coldwater prawns is currently at a critically low level, this is a unique situation and one that is industry wide affecting all suppliers.

Regal Fish are committed to customer satisfaction and so we are working hard with the help of our supplier to get the best market price for our customer but in the meantime it is with regret that we will have to further increase the price of our Regal Superior Prawns.

Please be assured that our supplier is actively looking to acquire stock and as soon as they do we will let our customers know and any savings will be passed on to our valued customers.

We realise the desire for coldwater prawns, particularly coming up to Christmas and as usual we will have special offers on the usual festive favourites. These will come on sale next week so keep an eye out for the discounted packs.

We will keep you informed of the global situation as it develops.

 
Thanks
The Regal Team

This months ‘Learn to love fish’ workshop

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We were at a primary school in Crowle recently, working with a very large group of children aged between 3 and 7.

First we did our usual presentation to the school, which is designed to teach the children about the importance of a healthy diet and how introducing seafood can benefit the way our brain and body functions.

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Then we did something a bit different, which was to bring some whole fish in for them to touch and feel. We gave the children an opportunity to see how the fish move and the different parts of the fish and how they are all different.

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The children responded really well and were fascinated by the fish, particularly the monkfish!

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We took some fish for them taste! A nice mixture of smoked salmon and smoked mackerel dips with crudités. Some prawns, salmon, haddock, lemon sole and plaice. All of the children had a taste and when asked they scored most of the things they tried 10/10!

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We had such a brilliant time and the kids seemed to really enjoy it! Hopefully they learned something and will take the information away with them. It would be lovely if they continue with their new found love for seafood!

Fish for all the family!

fish for all the family

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We have been working on some ideas to help tempt your children to eat seafood. We appreciate it isn’t always the easiest thing but due to the enormous health benefits, it’s worth trying different ideas and introducing various types of seafood into your little ones diet.

The above link will explain how you can do this :-)

Fishing for our future! Where do we stand on sustainability?

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Fishing for our future! Click here to find out how we are trying to provide our customers with seafood that is caught using sustainable methods.

Whilst all of the seafood we supply is responsibly sourced, we work hard with our customers to ensure they are armed with the knowledge of which products are outlined on the MSC ‘fish to eat list’.

We have an easy to use section on our website which keeps all of these products in one place and are always looking at our product library to see where we can make improvements.

http://www.regalfish.co.uk/seafood/fish-to-eat/

 

There’s something ‘a bit fishy’ about this birthday party!

Mini baguettes with smoked salmon dip and carrots/ cucumber sticks.  Smoked salmon dip with prawn 'waves' and an 'octopus' pepper.  Various crudettes to serve.

Mini baguettes with smoked salmon dip and carrots/ cucumber sticks.
Smoked salmon dip with prawn ‘waves’ and an ‘octopus’ pepper.
Various crudettes to serve.

Crab fishcakes, Garlic and herb cod bites and cod goujons.

Crab fishcakes, Garlic and herb white fish bites and cod goujons.

King Prawns wrapped in bacon, scallops and chorizo, scampi and lemon sole goujons. Salmon Pearls also feature!

King Prawns wrapped in bacon, scallops and chorizo, scampi and lemon sole goujons. Salmon Pearls also feature!

Watermelon shark! White chocolate fountain in the background with blue food colouring to create a 'sea' effect.

Watermelon shark! White chocolate fountain in the background with blue food colouring to create a ‘sea’ effect.

Introducing Janet Bee – Quality and Process improvement leader.

Introducing Janet Bee

Janet ready to cook up a storm at our head office

Janet ready to cook up a storm at our head office

This month we feature our mother hen, Quality and Process improvement leader Janet Bee. We managed to catch her last Wednesday in our office in Barton on Humber (it’s not as easy as you might think, even in a relatively small building. Mrs Bee is always running around doing something or other at top speed!)
Janet has a vast knowledge of the fishing industry and processes at all levels and so she is a key member of the Regal team and the lady who most people go to for answers on just about anything!

 

What does a typical day at Regal Fish Supplies involve for you?
It varies depending on whether I’m at the office or factory. I might be auditing at the factory, attempting to interpret some new legislation, working in schools or nurseries teaching children about Seafood and healthy eating or cooking up some delicious fish dishes at the office – every day is different!

 

 What led you to Regal and how did you learn your trade?
My background is food microbiology and I’ve spent most of my working life in a laboratory. The opportunity to work at Regal meant I had less travelling and a more varied (and dare I say less pressured) job role. Working in a laboratory is almost 24/7 so it’s still amazing to wake up on a Saturday morning and not have to go to work and great not having to worry about how to cook the Christmas dinner and go to work as well – unfortunately bacteria don’t have holidays!

 

 What’s your favourite Fishy recipe?
Difficult to answer because I’m continually trying out different ideas so last week’s favourite is not necessarily this weeks! I suppose if I have to pick one it’s my easy peasy battered fish – works every time and never gets any complaints though I did like my fish topped with mushy peas and chopped chips idea and the smoked haddock scotch eggs were a success…….see what I mean??!!

 

 How about your favourite Regal ready prepared product?
At the moment I would say our new cod in white wine and tarragon is up there with the colcannon to go with it!

 

 What do you like to do in your spare time?
Oh lots of different things – I have an allotment where me and my assistant gardener (my husband) grow fruit and vegetables or rather where I grow fruit and vegetables and the assistant gardener wiles away the time conversing knowledgably about growing fruit and vegetables to any passing stranger while leaning heavily on a spade! I like to cook and bake bread, make jams and jellies (from all the fruit!), read and make jewellery (not all at the same time of course) and spend many happy hours in my little summer house den where I keep all my ‘witchy’ stuff – crystals, tarot cards, runes, my pendulum, spells etc etc.

 

 Tell us something we didn’t know about you.
I’m a witch but a green one!

 

Finally what would be your favourite Quote?
Quote would be ‘All is well’ and as for favourite word, after going to see Miranda at her show in Leeds I would have to agree with her that ‘plunge’ is a good word – you only have to say it a couple of times and it makes you feel so much better – or is it just me!

 

 Thank you very much for your time Janet, we’ll let you get back to cooking up a storm!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

St Peters school – Food Revolution Day 2014 #frd2014 #jofr

#FRD2014

#FRD2014

We went to St Peters school  to celebrate ‘Food revolution day’ and what a fantastic time we had!

We worked with a very enthusiastic class of 30 year 2 children, between the ages of 6 and 7 and the feedback we received from the children was amazing.

First Janet sat with the children and gave a presentation about healthy eating, the food groups and how seafood can be beneficial to the way their body works.

The children were engrossed by the presentation.

The children were engrossed by the presentation

The pupils then went and worked out which of the ingredients they would like to use in their recipe from the seafood and vegetables we brought for them.

Our budding chefs worked together to create 'fishy masterpieces'

Our budding chefs worked together to create ‘fishy masterpieces’

The kids loved getting involved and putting together their recipes. Some of the kids chose Salmon whilst others preferred prawns, they all made sure they topped up their bakes and pies with lots of scrummy vegetables!

Fishy quizzes and activities

Fishy quizzes and activities

Whilst we worked with a handful of children at a time, the other children took part in ‘fishy’ activities, quizzes and games and had a great time learning more about how fish are caught and the sustainable fishing methods used by the fishermen. We also answered questions about the different species of fish.

For some of the kids it's the first time they have prepared their own meal so it was all very exciting!

For some of the kids it’s the first time they have prepared their own meal so it was all very exciting!

We really enjoyed ourselves and were so please that the kids had an excellent time too. The following week we received a lovely envelope from the class teacher with a thank you letter from each of the children that attended. Here are some of the fantastic comments…

Thank you very much for teaching us about fish. I enjoyed the activities and making the fish pie! – Kyle Jackson
I really enjoyed eating it! – Libby Robinson
I ate all of it and it tasted yummy, thankyou. – Kaysha Cockling
Thankyou very much, I enjoyed making the fish pie and eating it. I shared it with my sister! – Blake Kirby
We learned lots about healthy food and fish and how it makes us strong! – Harry Ford
Such a delicious pie – Stevie White
The fish pie was yummy! – Libby Killick
Thankyou for helping to teach me about fish, I ate all of my fish pie and liked it – Roxanne Miszewska
I ate my fish pie for tea and it was fabulous – Maddison Lewis
The pie was gorgeous! – Chloe Pettit
My favourite part of the pie was the salmon – Emma Barke
 

 

Castledyke school #frd2014 #jofr

We had an amazing time at Castledyke school in Barton today. We were given a class of 30 year 6 pupils to work with and they had some brilliant ideas and comments.

Janet gives the children a brief presentation on healthy eating, the food groups and the benefits of including seafood.

Janet gives the children a brief presentation on healthy eating, the food groups and the benefits of including seafood.

Once Janet had given her presentation, the kids were given a huge list of ingredients to work with and they sat and worked out a recipe. They then had the opportunity to put together their fish bake.

Some of the year 6 pupils putting together their fish bakes.

Some of the year 6 pupils putting together their fish bakes.

The children had an extensive list of vegetables to choose from and they did a brilliant job of working out what went together and what herbs and spices would compliment them. They also chose which type of seafood they would like in their dish and although some of them hadn’t tasted some of the types, they were keen to embrace it.

They worked together fantastically!

They worked together fantastically!

We were so pleased with how the day went. The kids learnt a great deal about the types of foods they should be eating and they didn’t shy away from the healthy foods and trying new foods too.

Making healthy choices.. all the children were keen to pack their bakes with nutritious vegetables and healthy seafood.

Making healthy choices.. all the children were keen to pack their bakes with nutritious vegetables and healthy seafood.

We were glad to hear the kids enjoyed the day as much as we did and they are now as fanatical about fish and healthy eating as we are! :-)