Archive for the ‘Nutrition’ Category

The memory of a fish…

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

goldfish… is actually a lot longer than we give them credit for. Myth has it that they have a memory of just 3 seconds. Where this myth stems from is not really known (probably someone who felt guilty about keeping their goldfish in a tiny bowl) – but research shows that in actual fact, fish can remember things for at least several months!

Dr Kevin Warburton studied fish for more than three decades and has found plenty of evidence to show that fish are in fact quite sophisticated creatures. He said ““Fish can remember prey types for months. They can learn to avoid predators after being attacked once and they retain this memory for several months. And carp that have been caught by fishers avoid hooks for at least a year.”

In an article in the Daily Mail, it claims that scientists at St Andrews University found that many fishes … can learn their way around mazes, can learn to recognise other fish, and can remember which individuals are better competitors. And it states that, according to research at Plymouth University, goldfish have a memory span of up to three months - and can even tell the time. They trained goldfish to nudge a lever to get food.  When the lever was adjusted so it would only work during one hour each day, the goldfish adapted, learning only to press the lever around the right time!

So there you have it!

Coincidentally – eating fish can also help your memory. According to, “Both fish oil supplements and fatty fish, like salmon, contain memory and brain-power boosting omega-3 fatty acids. Fish has been considered brain food for many years. An investigative study has demonstrated, however, that in order to get the most effective results, it is better to consume the fish and not just take a supplement.”

And guess what - we can help! We sell a whole range of oily fish (and all kinds of fish in fact) in our online shop. Check out our:

Healthy New Year!

Friday, January 7th, 2011
Natural Smoked Haddock br/ low calorie, healthy - and very tasty!

Natural Smoked Haddock : low calorie, healthy - and very tasty!

A new year often means resolutions and good intentions for a healthier diet and lifestyle. So it has never been a better time to introduce more fish into your weekly diet. The Food Standards Agency recommends at least two portions a week in order to benefit from this great source of vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids.

It is also well known that fish is very good as part of a calorie controlled weight loss diet. For example, here is a selection of fish and their calories count.

So whatever your resolutions, whether you are wanting to loose those extra festive pounds, or just get healthier, be sure to include fish. You can buy the freshest and tastiest fish from our online shop. And we have a great range of healthy lifestyle recipes to help you on your way too!

We wish you the best of luck with your resolutions and a very healthy and happy New Year.

SMILE! Fish fights gum disease…

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Fish makes us smile too!

Fish makes us smile too!

The British Dental Health Foundation has today released the results of a study which shows that a diet full of fish goes a long way to protect people from gum disease.

The study suggested that the risk of gum disease is significantly reduced with the consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) which are found in fatty fish such as Salmon, Tuna, Trout, Herring, Sardines and Mackerel.

The diet of 182 adults were examined over a five year period for the research and it was found that those who consumed the highest amounts of fatty acids, were 30 percent less likely to develop gum disease and 20 percent less likely to develop periodontitis (severe gum disease).

And not forgetting of course the massive other health benefits of eating plenty of fish in your diet.

You can see the whole story here.

And you can stock up on the freshest, tastiest fish here!

Don’t forget - during November, we are offering 10% off all orders. Simply use the promotional code 10%NOV when you come to checkout.

Just another thing to smile about!

We can’t help you get a tan but….

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

… we can help you get more vitamin D.

Sunshine produces essential vitamin D - so does oily fish.

Sunshine produces essential vitamin D - so does oily fish.

Today the BBC ran a story about the fact that leaflets are to be handed out in Scotland urging people to make sure they get enough vitamin D. (You can read the whole story here.)

Doctors are concerned that people in Scotland are not getting enough of the vitamin from sunlight and are not topping up their levels with a healthy diet. It states that there is increasing evidence that a lack of vitamin D could be linked to cancer and multiple sclerosis and that doctors are also concerned about a rise in the bone disease rickets.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women are apparently particularly at risk of vitamin D deficiency, along with children under five, the elderly, the housebound and people with darker skin.

About 10 to 15 minutes a day of sunshine is considered safe, but the report states that in Scotland the sun is only strong enough to provide vitamin D between April and September, and that if the body’s reserves of vitamin D run out during the winter, they need to be topped up from oily fish, eggs, meat or a supplement.

Given the weather we’ve been getting this year, we suspect that it’s not just our friends in Scotland that may be struggling. This is why we (and the Food Standards Agency as it happens!) think you should be eating at least 2 portions of fish a week, including at least one of the oily variety. The health benefits of fish are multiple, but oily fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, can really help top up vitamin D on a cloudy day!

Visit our online shop today and get a free bottle of delicious sauce when you order over £60 worth of fish.

Fish can help you lose weight!

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

It’s true. Clever scientific people have said so!


We all know that the omega-3 rich oils in fish are very good for you - we talk about this on our website , but according to an anti-obesity study carried out by the Universty of South Australia a few years ago, these fish oils, combined with exercise can help improve the efficiency of exercise for weight loss.

Basically, volunteers who were given a diet rich in fish oil showed greater weight loss as compared to those who did not consume a fish oil diet. The conclusion was that exercise combined with the fish oil had a positive effect on the body shape and body composition of the participants.

Sooooo - as the summer months are fast approaching, and we are hoping that the weather will entice us to don rather less clothes, we at Fish Fanatics recommend you eat more fish, and do more exercise! (With advice from you doctor as appropriate of course :)).

We have some great offers still on til the end of April, including free delivery on orders over £30, so get ordering now!

Spring clean your diet …

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

salmon-steaks1Now the chocolatey indulgences of Easter are over, many people take a new look at their diets. After all - the summer holidays are just around the corner and the thought of donning the bikini or speedos can fill the bravest of hearts with fear!

The first cutback in the Spring diet is often fat. But not all fat is bad for you. To the contrary, some is very, very good for you. And vital in fact for good health.

Thankfully, there are some very tasty ways to get this healthy stuff. Oil rich fish - such as salmon, mackerel, sea bass and trout - contains Omega 3 fatty acids which is a type of polyunsaturated fat that protects the heart and circulation. This lessens the risk of heart disease by reducing blood clots and inflammation, improving blood vessel elasticity, lowering blood pressure, lowering blood fats and boosting ‘good’ cholesterol.

Omega 3 is also important in the development of the brain - in particular a baby’s brain. It is also reported that super omega 3 fatty acids can raise levels of the brain chemical serotonin and so can help to ease depression.

The list of benefits of Omega 3 go on and on. And to help you on the way, we have some great deals on our website. With free delivery on orders over £30 and organic salmon fillets now at just £4.95 (down from £7.45), there has never been a better time to start to add fish to your regular diet.

Do you eat two portions of fish a week?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Well you should be doing - according to the Food Standards Agency.

They state that…

We should be eating at least two portions of fish a week including one of oily fish. Fish and shellfish are good sources of a variety of vitamins and minerals, and oily fish is particularly rich in omega 3 fatty acids.

There are loads of health benefits linked to eating fish - it can improve the health of your heart, brain, muscles, bones, joints, eyes - and even spice up your love life! So, it really is a super food!

The FSA also says that “… if we want to make sure there are enough fish to eat now, and in the future, we need to start thinking about the choices we make when we choose which fish we eat.

Here at Fish Fanatics, we agree whole-heartedly.

And that is why we are constantly looking to source fish from sustainable stocks wherever possible, and actively encourage our customers to think carefully about their fish has come from. In every case we aim to supply products which, when caught wild, are not contributing to the growing crisis currently threatening the fshing industry.

Organically farmed fish is becoming increasingly more popular and, when fished without effecting the environment, is a viable alternative to wild fish.

If you would like to talk about sustainability, email, tweet or call. We’d love to discuss your thoughts and ideas.