According to Loren Cordain, Ph.D., if you are going to follow the Paleo diet, then you need to include foods which have the long-chain omega 3 fatty acids and the best sources of these come from tasty, fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and herring. Simply put, the body can’t make these omega 3 fatty acids however these are vital for the digestion and transport of nutrients between cells in the body.
If you don’t catch your own, try to buy fish* direct from your local market or fish merchant. When selecting fish, look at the eyes, which should be clear, not cloudy. If you are selecting from filleted fish, just ask the vendor how fresh the fish is. Avoid farmed fish; the feed for farmed fish may include grains. If in doubt, talk to the supplier about the source of their products. Some people following the Paleo way of eating like to source organic and wild-caught fish.
Avoid buying big fish, such as swordfish and shark, to prevent a build up of mercury in your body. Larger fish eat smaller fish and by including the larger fish in your diet, you are exposing yourself to greater concentrations of mercury.
Keep your fresh fish cold, so use a cooler or insulated bag to bring it home and then place it immediately in your fridge until you decide if you are going to cook it the same or the next day, or freeze it for use later in the week.
For your body’s health, include fish in your diet!
*Please note that the use of the word ‘fish’ is intended to include shellfish; crab, prawns, scallops, etc.
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