I’m sure you all already know the health benefits of fish. It’s a great source of protein, omega 3 and vitamin D, all believed to be helpful for our bones, skin, eyes and nerves.
The NHS recommends that we consume at least two portions (140g each) of fish a week, with at least one of them being oily fish such as salmon or mackerel
As mentioned fish are a brilliant source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid which has been linked with improved heart health. Oily fish in particular is a great source of omega 3 which is why it’s advised to be one of your two portions a week.
Vitamin D, which we get most of from our own cholesterol when our bodies are exposed to the sun, helps keep bones healthy, and vitamin B2, which is good for the skin, eyes, red blood cells and the nervous system, both of which we can get from consuming fish.
Fish in a Diabetic Diet
It’s common for people with diabetes to have low levels of vitamin D, so including fish in your diet is a great way to add to your vitamin D intake.
Fish also provides some of our energy needs through the protein it contains and as previously mentioned the omega 3 helps keep our hearts healthy.
Scientists and researchers have hypothesised that consumption of fish may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
However, it has not been clear whether fish can be isolated as having a preventative effect and higher fish intakes may instead be a reflection of a better all-round diet.
Hygiene, Handling and Storage
As with some meats, eating raw or uncooked fish can lead to food poisoning (unless it has been prepared correctly for use in sushi). Raw fish should be kept out of direct contact with other foods and it’s always important to wash hands and any utensils that have come into contact with it.