News & Health

26
Jul

Trout – Loaded With Health Benefits!

Trout has a delicious, delicate flavour, and most dishes using trout are very quick to prepare. Claremont has been farming rainbow trout in the Eastern highlands for decades. Here, conditions are perfect for this fish which thrives in cold, clear water. Trout were introduced into the crystal mountain rivers of Nyanga back in 1920, and for decades, rainbow trout have been commercially farmed in this beautiful part of our country. Top quality Claremont Trout has been proudly distributed by The Cheeseman since 1997 and offers a very affordable way to boost your intake of what are referred to as fatty or oily fish. Does the word ‘fatty’ or ‘oily’ put you off and make you think that trout are not good for you? Well it shouldn’t! It is the fatty/oily fish that we are most encouraged to eat by all the health gurus worldwide because they are highest in health-giving, essential nutrients, the Omega 3 Fatty Acids, in which most typical western diets are deficient.

For this reason, many prestigious organisations including the American Heart Association, Harvard School of Public Health and Health Canada, to name just a few, urge all of us to ensure that we eat at least 140g of fish at least twice a week, and at least one of those servings should be oily fish. While all fish and seafood contains Omega 3 Fatty Acids, the oily ones are richest in it. Farmed rainbow trout is widely voted among the healthiest, most environmentally sustainable, and most affordable fatty fish to choose. A cooked serving of farmed rainbow trout contains just under 1000 mg of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentanoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexanoic acid, or DHA. This amount well exceeds the World Health Organisation’s recommendation to ingest at least 300 to 500 mg of a combination of EPA and DHA daily. DHA is the most abundant Omega-3 Fatty Acid in the brain and retina of the eye. It is an important component of nerve cells in the brain and a key component of the heart. It is crucial for the proper development of brain, nerve and eye tissue of unborn babies in the last three months of pregnancy and during the early years of a child’s life. It is essential throughout life for maintenance of brain health, visual performance and the nervous system. Increasing evidence suggests that DHA may delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and age related macular degeneration. DHA may also play an important role in reducing chronic inflammation.

EPA helps support cardiovascular health by reducing triglycerides, and may also reduce blood clot formation. EPA is also known to help reduce chronic inflammation. DHA can be converted by the body into EPA. A diet high in the Omega-3 Fatty Acids has been linked in innumerable scientific studies to a vast range of many health benefits. These include lower risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, high blood cholesterol and certain cancers, reduction in both the likelihood of, and the effects of, depression and bipolar disorder, reduced risk of death from coronary and cardiovascular disease, healthier blood pressure levels and reducing pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis; a debilitating auto-immune illness which studies show you are up to 50% less likely to develop on such a diet in the first place. High Omega 3 consumption is also likely to may protect us from developing oral and skin cancers, since these fatty acids selectively inhibit the growth of malignant and pre-malignant cells. This diet has been shown likely also to improve working memory. Trout is also highly nutritious, being rich in a wide range of vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin B12, niacin and vitamin B6, high in protein and low in calories. An 80g serving of rainbow trout contains a whopping 22g of protein, and only 130 calories!

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