Fish

You can cut out the fish

Eating oily fish is often promoted for containing high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. The recommended intake of oily fish is however limited because it contains pollutants such as dioxins, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and mercury. Surveys have also shown that other fish and crabs may have similar levels of pollutants as oily fish (35).  
Vegetarians don’t eat fish, but they do enjoy one of the healthiest diets around. A balanced vegetarian diet easily meets the government’s recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, and includes plenty of complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals.  Omega 3 fatty acids are found in rapeseed oil, flax seeds and walnuts and, in smaller amounts, from eggs and 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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