Heed omega-3 message, says FMA chief

THE Grimsby Fish Merchants Association says more needs to be done to deliver the message that people need to eat at least two portions of fish a week for the sake of their health.

Chief executive, Steve Norton, made the call after Seafish published research showing that 96 per cent of adults don’t know how much omega-3 they should have each week.

Writing in the FMA newsletter, Norton said: ‘The fact they should eat two portions a week, of which one should be oily fish, is a very simple message.’

The Seafish research was carried out by YouGov as part of the Fish is the Dish ‘Feed Your Mind’ omega-3 campaign.

The study found that while 75 per cent of adults know that omega-3 fats are linked to health benefits – such as helping to keep the heart working normally, and maintaining normal blood pressure, brain function and vision – almost a fifth (18 per cent) don’t know the difference between omega-3 and saturated fats.

The Seafish report says: ‘If people achieve this, then they should get the 3g of long-chain omega-3 fats, recommended by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. But it’s important to get the serving size right!’

Disappointingly, but unsurprisingly, 63 per cent of adults said they didn’t know the weight of fish that should count as one serving. Only 15 per cent knew that when cooked, the recommended serving size should be about 140g.

Juliette Kellow, Fish is the Dish resident consultant dietician and nutrition expert explains: ‘There is work to be done educating people on how much omega-3 rich fish we should be eating in order to reap the benefits for our bodies.

‘As a starting point, we need to do more to ensure that people understand the very simple message that they should eat two portions of fish each week, and one of these should be oily such as mackerel, sardines, pilchards, herring, fresh tuna, trout or salmon.

‘If people achieve this, then they should get the 3g of long-chain omega-3 fats, recommended by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition.’

Steve Norton said Seafish had delivered an important message and it was important to get it out to the public at large.

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