Brits unaware of seafood’s heart-healthy benefits

More than half of Brits are unaware a seafood-rich diet can minimize the risk of suffering a heart attack, according to a survey released on Tuesday by Seafish (the Sea Fish Industry Authority).

Of the 2,012 consumers polled across the United Kingdom, 53 percent of respondents were not familiar with the heart-protective benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. Annually, about 275,000 Brits suffer heart attacks and 200,000 people die from heart disease.

Conducted by Opinium Research on behalf of Seafish, the survey also found that 57 percent of respondents agreed eating seafood is part of a healthy diet and can lead to weight loss; 60 percent agreed that a fish-rich diet can help aid concentration; 58 percent of women said that during pregnancy they should eat fish twice a week, including oily fish once a week; and 83 percent labeled seafood as healthy.

Additionally, Seafish has launched a Facebook page, titled “seafood2aweek,” to encourage consumers to eat seafood twice a week. So far, almost 1,000 people are following the page.

A series of new seafood-buying guides, including cooking tips and recipes, is now also available from Seafish. The guides will be distributed to all independent fishmongers across the United Kingdom.

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