Pollock Fish and its health benefits.
Generally speaking, all types of fish are good for you. They are high in many nutrients that most people are lacking and aren’t getting enough of. This includes high-quality protein, iodine and various vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. However, some fish are better than others.
Here is some information about Pollock fish and health benefits of Omaga-3 fatty acids.
Pollock lives a wild and has a natural diet thus it is a completely natural product. It’s also a nutritious one. By nutritional value Pollock, like Salmon, Tuna and Cod, is an excellent source of lean protein and providing 492 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids per 100 gr. This fish also a good source of Vitamin B12, niacin, magnesium, phosphorous, choline and selenium, which are much needed for efficient work of many systems of your body such as nerve system, immune system, muscle-skeletal system etc. Also Pollock provides your body with amino acids — the small chemicals that serve as building blocks for protein. Your body can use amino acids to maintain your cells and tissues, support your immune system, and also use some amino acids to support healthy brain function. Pollock provides your body with “complete” protein – protein that contains each of the amino acids, which you need to obtain from your diet. A portion of 100gr of fish contains about 24gr of protein. It is a great addition to a healthy diet.
Omega-3s (polyunsaturated fatty acid), especially from the seafood, are essential for good health.
The body does not make them so they must be obtained from the diet. The two crucial types of omega-3s are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) found in fish and shellfish. Not only does your body need these essential fatty acids to function, but they also shown to deliver some big health benefits.
Numerous scientific studies have shown Omega-3s to be important in brain (neurological) and retina development, to optimize brain and visual function. Omega-3s from seafood (fish oil) have been shown to be effective in lowering elevated blood triglycerides, helping to reduce stiffness and joint pain (rheumatoid arthritis), improving symptoms of asthma and psoriasis by reducing inflammation and much more.
Additional studies have shown that consuming fish oil may help to improve learning and behavior for some children with behavioral disorders. Also Omega-3 consumption has been linked to a lower chance of developing depression and bipolar disorder.
Some research suggests that Omega-3s may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and have a positive effect on gradual memory loss linked to aging.
Pollock has a mild taste, which means that it goes well with a variety of flavors. You may try to steam, grill or bake and top your fish with fresh fruit salsas.
Here is a great YouTube video recipe of “Pollock with tomato sauce” that you may enjoy with all your family.
Mercury and other contaminants in seafood
There is a lot of concern about the levels of mercury and other contaminants in seafood. If you eat Pollock, you don’t have to worry. The State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation regularly tests Alaska seafood for the presence of environmental toxins, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and heavy metals, such as mercury. In all tests, Alaska Pollock received a clean bill of health, with extremely low amounts of contaminants – well below the levels of concern set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Alaska public health officials recommend unrestricted consumption of Alaska Pollock for everyone, including pregnant and nursing women and young children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration agrees, listing pollock is as low in mercury and safe to eat. And the American Heart Association includes pollock in its list of popular fish that are low in mercury.
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American Heart Association: “Fish, Levels of Mercury and Omega-3 fatty acids.”
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