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It Smells a Little Fishy

 

Are you one of the millions of Americans out there taking fish oil supplements?  Are you wondering if those mid morning “fish burps” are really worth the cost of taking fish-oil supplements?  (If you have never experienced a “fish burp” consider yourself lucky!!) Since there is conflicting research about the benefits of fish oil supplements and there are also questions about the quality of fish oil used, some pills tested rancid, it makes me wary about spending money on supplements.  Instead of taking fish oil supplements, why not make the heathy commitment to eating fish at least twice a week?  

 

The sea is a veritable buffet of delicious and nutritious options that can be quick and easy to prepare as a weeknight meal.  Did you know that in America we eat about 16 pounds of seafood per person per year and about 95% of that comes from only 10 species?  Shrimp, Salmon and Tuna account for 60% of our seafood consumption, yet there are so many other species that are just as delicious.  

 

The Prime Headquarters is located in Monterey, CA and one of our neighbors is the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  The Aquarium has made a commitment to help conserve our oceans and they have a wonderful resource called the Seafood Watch that helps consumers make the best choices for healthy oceans and in return healthy individuals!  

 

If you are not in an area near the ocean, don’t worry!  There are still great options for fresh seafood.  In fact, the process for freezing fish has gotten so good that it is comparable, if not better than fresh fish because it is frozen within hours of being pulled from the ocean.  Simply, place the frozen fish in your refrigerator the night before you are going to cook it and viola, fresh fish!  

 

Still not sure what new fish to try?  Make friends with your local fishmonger and ask him/her for what is freshest and the best way to prepare it or check out the freezer case at your grocery store and see if there is a recipe included on the package.  Another option is to check out Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 2013 Culinary Chart of Alternatives or one of the many sustainable seafood recipes on their website.

 

Here are a couple that look delicious and are Prime approved:  

 

 

Whole Striped Bass with Avocado Salsa Verde

 

Cardamom- and Fennel-Rubbed Striped Bass 

(substitute brown or wild rice for the for the white rice)

 

 

 

 

Fishy Research:

Fish Oil: Friend or Foe

n–3 Fatty Acids in Patients with Multiple Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements Review 

 

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