Scottish Fishermen's Organisation
The Scottish fishing industry is a key player in the provision of high quality of seafood to many of the world's most important markets for seafood. World sales have been increasing by around 2.5 per cent annually in recent years and it is estimated that annual demand will grow from the current level of around 70 million tonnes to 90 million in the next decade.
There is no longer any doubt about direct links between diet and health. Better eating habits means better health. In this respect, food from the sea is extremely important. Fish is a rich source of protein. Such proteins are readily digested and have an ideal constitution. Amino acids composition differ little from species to species.
In recent years, fish fat has received much attention for its polyunsaturated or so called Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids protect against cardiovascular diseases. They are vital to the development of the brain and nervous system. New research indicates that Omega 3 fatty acids are also efficacious against chronic infections, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
The human body needs vitamins. A lack of vitamins leads to reduced health and vitality.Fish and seafood have a high content of a number of B vitamins and particularly vitamin B12. Fat fish are the only natural source of vitamin D in our food. Fish also provides the oil soluble vitamins A and E.
Seafood gives a well balanced intake of a number of minerals. Beneficial to those with high blood pressure, seafood is low in sodium while rich in potassium. A number of trace elements are required for proper health and most of these are found in seafood. Seafood's value for proper nourishment is, therefore, very significant. Apart from which it is delicious to eat.