Aquaculture already provides almost half of the seafood (food of aquatic origin) consumed globally and has grown faster than any other form of food production. With production from wild fish stocks levelling off, global population increasing, aquaculture will be required to supply an additional 50 million tons of food per year by 2030
Fish is usually high in unsaturated fats, particularly omega- 3 fatty acids. Fish provides health benefits in protection against cardiovascular diseases and assists in development of the brain and nervous system in the foetus and infants.
(Food & Agriculture Organisation, United Nations)
The production of aquatic food products through aquaculture is currently a very efficient and sophisticated process. Aquatic organisms are highly efficient converters of food into flesh; they are cold-blooded, so they do not require lots of energy to maintain a high body temperature; and they are 'neutrally buoyant', so do not have to expend much energy in maintaining position and in moving through the water. Aquaculture is thus one of the most natural ways of producing food and has become essential in addressing people’s needs for global food security.
Eat seafood twice a week
The Mediterranean diet is a modern nutritional recommendation based on the dietary patterns of Greece, Southern Italy, France and Spain in the 1940s and 1950s. The principal aspects of this diet include proportionally high consumption of olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, fruits, and vegetables, moderate to high consumption of fish, moderate consumption of dairy products (mostly as cheese and yogurt), and low consumption of non-fish meat products
- Health benefits of a Mediterranean diet
A traditional Mediterranean diet consisting of large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil—coupled with physical activity—can reduce your risk of serious mental and physical health problems by:
Protecting against type 2 diabetes. A Mediterranean diet is rich in fiber which digests slowly, prevents huge swings in blood sugar, and can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Preventing heart disease and strokes. Following a Mediterranean diet limits your intake of refined breads, processed foods, and red meat, all factors that can help prevent heart disease and stroke.
Keeping you agile. If you’re an older adult, the nutrients gained with a Mediterranean diet may reduce your risk of developing muscle weakness and other signs of frailty by about 70 percent.
Reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s. Research suggests that the Mediterranean diet may improve cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and overall blood vessel health, which in turn may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Halving the risk of Parkinson’s disease. The high levels of antioxidants in the Mediterranean diet can prevent cells from undergoing a damaging process called oxidative stress, thereby cutting the risk of Parkinson’s disease in half.
Increasing longevity. By reducing your risk of developing heart disease or cancer with the Mediterranean diet, you’re reducing your risk of death at any age by 20%.
A portion of 150g of fish can provide up to 60% of an adult’s daily protein requirements as well as healthy fats like Omega 3.