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5 Reasons To Choose Fish and Chips

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips
Time and time again, Brits vote Fish and Chips the Nation’s Favourite Takeaway
As we countdown to National Fish and Chip Day, here’s 5 great reasons why Fish and Chips is a great choice.

It’s Part of Our Heritage

There is nothing more quintessentially British than Fish and Chips! Over 382 million portions are sold every year in the UK. Find out more about the history of the Nation’s Favourite Takeaway here.
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Click the link above to find out why newspaper was used to wrap fish and chips!

This is a Takeaway that is Nutritious AND Delicious

Aside from the amazing taste, fish and chips is a good source of protein as the main component of the dish is fish! Fish comes a host of benefits; white fish (usually Haddock or Cod in a fish supper) is packed with is vital nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins (including vitamin D), and minerals like iodine, selenium, and zinc. Omega-3 fatty acids, in particular, are known for their heart-healthy properties and potential benefits for brain function.

Healthy Fats

Fish also contains healthy fats. While fish and chips are often fried, fish itself contains healthier fats compared to many other fried foods. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can help lower the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation, and support brain health.

Essential Minerals

Fish and chips can contribute to your intake of important minerals like iodine and selenium. Iodine is necessary for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland, while selenium acts as an antioxidant and plays a role in immune function.

Enjoy your Food

Food is not only about nutrition. Fish and chips can be a delicious treat and a popular comfort food option for many people. Enjoying a satisfying meal can have positive effects on mood and overall well-being. However, as with all things, moderation is key. Factors such as the type and quality of the fish, the cooking method and portion size can affect the nutritional value of the dish. It’s important to balance fish and chips with a variety of other nutritious foods to maintain a healthy and well-rounded diet.

Did You Know

The NHS recommends you include 2 portions of seafood per week in your diet – one of which should be oily.
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You Help Support Local Industry

Did you know fish and chips supports local industry in several ways?

The Fishing Industry Benefits

Choosing fish and chips creates demand for locally sourced fish, which comes from local fishermen. Fish and chip shops often source their fish from local fish markets or suppliers. By patronizing these establishments, you indirectly support the entire supply chain involved in providing fresh fish to the community. This includes fishmongers, processors, wholesalers, and distributors, and of course, the fishermen who risk it all to catch the fish; all play a vital role in the local economy. Choosing fish and chips for your weekend treat supports your local coastal fishing communities!

Would you like Chips with that?

As a ripple effect, potato farmers will also benefit! The chips that accompany your fish are made from potatoes. Choosing locally grown potatoes supports local farmers and the agricultural industry. It helps to maintain local farming operations, preserve farmland, and stimulate the local economy.

Fish and Chips creates Jobs

The fish and chip industry creates employment opportunities, both directly and indirectly. From the staff working in fish and chip shops to the fishermen, farmers, and workers in the processing and distribution sectors, the local industry benefits from the demand for fish and chips. Supporting this industry helps sustain jobs and contributes to the local workforce.

It also brings Visitors

Fish and chips are often associated with British culture and are a popular choice among tourists. When visitors seek out local fish and chip shops, they contribute to the local economy by spending money on food and dining experiences. This, in turn, supports local businesses, tourism-related services, and the overall vitality of the community.
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Fish & Chips is Going Green

In comparison to other takeaways, fish and chips can be a more sustainable choice when certain considerations made:

Sustainable Sourcing

Opting for fish species that are sustainably sourced is crucial. Choose fish varieties that are abundant, well-managed, and not overfished. Look for certifications such as the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) label, which indicates that the fish comes from sustainable fisheries.

Fish And Chips can help Reduce Food Waste

Fish and chips can be made using fish cuts that might otherwise go to waste. Utilizing parts of the fish that are typically discarded can help minimize food waste and make the meal more sustainable. Items such as scampi and fish cakes can be created from smaller pieces of fish otherwise unusable.

Fish and Chips Prefers Local

Locally sourced fish and potatoes result in a smaller carbon footprint associated transportation. Additionally, choosing seasonal ingredients can help promote sustainable farming practices. It arguably provides a more tasty eating experience too! Sustainable choices also extend beyond the food itself. Restaurants and takeaways can adopt eco-friendly packaging options made from biodegradable or recyclable materials to reduce plastic waste. This is a full circle moment – traditionally fish and chips was wrapped in yesterday’s newspapers to reduce costs and paper waste!

Fryers are getting Responsible 

Fish and chips involves deep-frying and this can impact the sustainability of the dish. Using energy-efficient fryers, managing oil usage, and ensuring proper waste disposal is key to minimizing environmental impact. Many fish and chip outlets are now exploring alternatives to traditional deep frying, such as oven-baked or grilled fish and chips.

Education is Key

Raising awareness among consumers about sustainable choices and the importance of knowing where your food comes from can have a positive impact. Encouraging consumers to consider whats good for the environment when choosing fish and chips can lead to more sustainable consumption habits. It also goes towards protecting our waters for future generations to enjoy!
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True Variety

When it comes to fish and chips, the ocean is our oyster. Although Haddock (in Scotland) and Cod (in England) are the most popular components of a fish supper, many fish and chip shops now have an extensive menu of seafood to enjoy, allowing us to explore and try new things.

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