A Minute ago we talked about foods purposely mislabeled for financial gain. Less expensive fish substituted for a pricier variety happens with some frequency. And consumers can rarely tell the difference. Does that matter?
Aside from the money scam, I don’t believe it does matter from a health standpoint! Let’s put that aside and declare ALL fish is super.
Unfortunately, we’ve made eating fish more complicated than it needs to be. Three simple tips:
- Regardless of the type of fish, it is a gold medal-worthy animal protein source. Whether it is a low fat variety that we eat for its leanness or a high fat variety that we eat for its omega-3 oil, all fish is great. Unless it’s deep fat fried. No need to feel virtuous if you’re eating the deep fat fried cod; you might as well order the cheeseburger.
- If you’re considering wild caught versus farm raised, contemplating grouper species and using an app to figure it out, STOP. Fish will be a good addition to your plate however it was raised. A more important consideration (if you’re eating more than one fish dish weekly), is to vary the kind of fish you eat. Fresh water and saltwater fish would be another way to establish variety.
- Eat it simply. We’re not talking bland or dry. Fruit or vegetable salsa toppings or a citrus based sauce sounds great. Gremolata is a popular fish topper too. Grill on a cedar plank for flavor or bake in parchment to maintain moisture (and ensure quick clean up). All are brilliant ideas. What isn’t so brilliant is when you turn that fish into a patty and – fry it. Again, don’t bother. Exercise that palate to enjoy fish on its own.
Buy American when you can. Buy from a reputable fish monger or store! Put more fish on your plate to be well,