Harkening back to Batman and Robin days, today’s quip of “Holy Mackeral” was actually coined in 1803 when it is believed the phrase was a euphemism for Holy Mary because Catholics ate fish on Fridays. Actually, when is the last time you ate mackeral for dinner? It is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, B12, protein, and improves endurance and aids recovery after exercise!
Seniors who live a healthy lifestyle often look to fish to supplement their diet. Unlike red meat, fish is low in calories. However, is some fish better than others? According to studies, omega-3 fatty acids positively affect heart health, promote greater blood flow to the brain, and combat inflammation. Finding new recipes can be fun as learning the types of fish you enjoy eating.
Coldwater fish like salmon and mackerel have a higher amount of fat to keep them warm. They are excellent sources of omega-3 but may also have higher levels of mercury. If you purchase wild salmon, sardines, rainbow trout, and Atlantic mackerel, the mercury level will be lower.
If you choose white fish and shellfish, the calorie count is lower, but you won’t get the high levels of omega-3. They are a lean source of protein and full of iron, zinc, and vitamins A, B12, and D. The key is to vary the types of fish you eat so that you will reap the benefits of all the vitamins and minerals of every kind of fish.
HERE is a link for a simple recipe to grill mackeral with lemon and garlic.. and more delicious fish recipes can be found here as well.
As more and more people eat fish, concern develops with regards to its sustainability. Follow this LINK for an article addressing issues related to farmed fish, alternatives like algae or seaweed, and a list of the top eight fish worthy of a try. Enjoy!