08 May Fish, the healthiest protein
Nutrition science has undergone a remarkable evolution in recent decades, to the point that now an in-depth knowledge of food exists as well as it’s positive and negative effects on the human organism. This progress has made it possible to determine that fresh fish is one of the healthiest products with the greatest nutritional advantages for men and women.
If we talk about the Mediterranean diet, which is considered the most balanced of all known, fish is an essential part. That is why, from Es Torrent we like to claim fresh fish from Ibiza not only as an exquisite product that allows us to prepare extraordinarily tasty dishes, but as a very healthy and beneficial raw material for health.
If we talk about animal proteins, when comparing meat and fish, we see that the latter contains much less fat, especially white varieties, such as denton, monkfish, St. Peter’s rooster, snapper or caramel (in Ibizan gerret). If we talk about more fatty fish, such as blue, where we find the sirvia, melva or tuna, among many others, we see that these fats are highly beneficial, constituting a natural source of omega 3.
The fatty acids they contain can slow down the stiffness of the arteries, increasing levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL) and decreasing “bad” cholesterol (LDL). This quality makes fish, and especially the varieties called blue fish, a valuable ally to reduce the percentage of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases.
In addition, fresh fish contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals that make it one of the most complete foods. It has phosphorus and calcium, which are essential minerals for bones; iron, which is essential for blood flow; iodine, necessary for healthy diets; sodium, essential for maintaining the balance of the body; selenium, which keeps hair and nails healthy, and magnesium, which regulates calcium metabolism and gives stability to DNA.
As for vitamins, fish has E, which is antioxidant; A, fundamental for skin and hair; and full B vitamins, with vitamin B12 and folic acid, which intervene in concentration, memory and learning. In addition, fish is ideal for following a soft diet, due to its easy chewing and digestion. Being a food with low fibrous proteins and low collagen, it is also suitable for people who have a delicate stomach. And to round out its properties, scientists have revealed its potential to combat depressive states if ingested regularly.