Britons urged to eat more fish

AN award winning dietitian and TV presenter, Lucy Jones, has joined forces with Seafish, the UK’s authority on seafood, to urge people to eat more fish.
Adults in the UK are not eating enough fish to prevent serious health conditions, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, according to a recent YouGov survey commissioned by Seafish.
Jones (pictured) is championing the Seafish Fish 2 a Week campaign, which promotes the health benefits of eating two portions of fish a week.
Despite three-quarters of the UK population being worried about their health, the YouGov survey found that 66 per cent of adults in the UK aren’t eating enough fish.
NHS and health professionals recommend that people eat two portions of fish each week – one of which should be an oily fish – as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Jones said: ‘Shockingly, the average intake of oily fish is less than a third of a portion a week, with lots of people not managing to eat any at all.
‘Oily fish are our only natural dietary source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are essential for heart and brain health. Just two portions of fish, one of which should be oily, are enough for most of us to meet our needs of these essential fats.
‘Fish doesn’t just provide good omega-3s either; it provides high quality protein, is low in saturated fat and provides a whole host of vitamins and minerals from B12 to support energy levels, iodine for healthy thyroid function and zinc for healthy immunity.’
The research highlighted just how many people weren’t aware of the recommended fish consumption (72 per cent), but after being told the health benefits of eating more fish, 66 per cent said that this encouraged them to eat more.
Some 63 per cent of adults in the UK who eat fish weekly said they do so because they enjoy it. But the survey also revealed the barriers to eating fish, with people who eat less than the recommended amount noting that the preparation time (12 per cent), knowing what and how to cook it (17 per cent) and the cost (32 per cent) stopped them from eating more.
Seafish’s corporate relations director, Mel Groundsell, said: ‘With Lucy’s help, we can hopefully reach more people with our message and get the nation to eat more fish.’