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Tinned fish – what’s the scoop?

Many people are keen to increase the ‘good’ fats in their diet and up their fish consumption as a result. I would like to say two things about this:

  1. There are many sources of excellent dietary fats that are non-fishy. Seriously. Although, yes, fish is also a good source.
  2. If you’re going to eat fish, especially tinned, you absolutely must choose a company that uses sustainable practices.

That second point is particularly important – for your own health as well as the long term health of our planet.

For the past couple of years, Greenpeace have published a guide ranking the brands of tinned tuna available on our Australian shelves. This is a good place to start, as it explains why sustainable fishing is important, what the different terms mean (used for fishing methods and type of fish caught) and which are the best companies to source from.

Even better, most of these brands can be found in your local supermarket (except Fish 4 Ever, which is only in health food stores), so once you’re in the know, it’s easy to choose wisely.

Give it a go.


About Kathleen Murphy

Australian naturopath and freelance writer, based in Sydney. I love working with people from all walks of life, helping them institute changes that can become life-long health habits. I can be found at Uclinic | 421 Bourke Street, Surry Hills | Ph: 02 9332 0400 |

2 responses »

  1. tessafinneybrown

    Also important to choose brands that don’t line their tins with BPA… paramount have stopped using BPA-lined cans as of April this year.
    I think Vital choice (online ordering) and Fish 4 ever are also BPA free. 🙂

    Hope the Paleo experimentation is still going well. 🙂
    T x


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