You can cut out the fish
The eating of oily fish is further promoted due to them containing high levels of long chain omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. The recommended amount of these fish to consume weekly is limited as they contain pollutants such as dioxins and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), they may also be contaminated with mercury.Recent surveys have shown that some other fish and crab may also have similar levels of dioxins and PCBs as oily fish (37).
Vegetarians don’t eat fish, but they do enjoy one of the healthiest diets around. A balanced vegetarian diet easily reaches the government’s recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, while also including plenty of complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in rapeseed oil, flax seeds and walnuts as well as (in smaller amounts) eggs and whole milk. Vegetarians who particularly want to boost their Omega 3 intake can choose algae or flax seed oil supplements.
If you’d like to know more about keeping healthy with a balanced vegetarian diet you can search our health and nutrition fact sheets, call 0161 925 2000 for a healthy eating guide or search our range of free booklets.
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