Tinned fish – what’s the scoop?

by | Apr 10, 2012 | Environmental health, Nutrition | 2 comments

Many people are keen to increase the ‘good’ fats in their diet and up their fish consumption as a result. I would like to say two things about this:

  1. There are many sources of excellent dietary fats that are non-fishy. Seriously. Although, yes, fish is also a good source.
  2. If you’re going to eat fish, especially tinned, you absolutely must choose a company that uses sustainable practices.

That second point is particularly important – for your own health as well as the long term health of our planet.

For the past couple of years, Greenpeace have published a guide ranking the brands of tinned tuna available on our Australian shelves. This is a good place to start, as it explains why sustainable fishing is important, what the different terms mean (used for fishing methods and type of fish caught) and which are the best companies to source from.

Even better, most of these brands can be found in your local supermarket (except Fish 4 Ever, which is only in health food stores), so once you’re in the know, it’s easy to choose wisely.

Give it a go.