Wild fish claims

| Post published on June 2, 2009
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Researchers in Canada say that the supposed health benefits of eating fish are over-stated and are putting pressure on wild fish. Fish oils are promoted for heart health, but results are mixed. Vegetarians don’t have an increased risk of heart disease (in fact, they have a 25 per cent lower risk). Safer, healthier sources of omega-3s include flaxseed oil and algal supplements. Farley Mowat, co-author of the study, said: “The damage we have already done to life in the oceans is a prime example of our idiocy, and a last warning that we had better change our ways”.

Jenkins et al., 2009. Are dietary recommendations for the use of fish oils sustainable? Canadian Medical Association Journal. 180 (6) 633-637.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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