Something Fishy in Shanghai

I was at a seafood cooking demonstration recently and before we started the host asked each of us how long we had been in China and if that had affected our attitude toward eating fish and seafood.  Every person from the lady who had only been here for 3 weeks to the people here for 5 years stated that they did not feel comfortable eating fish in China.  To be honest I echoed their thoughts, as I would not eat local fish either.

One reason to avoid local fish is stated on the front page of the June 12th Shanghai Daily, ” 80% of the waters off the East China Sea outside Zhejiang Province are polluted by constant industrial discharge.”  Not to mention the floating pig population.

The dilemma is that fish from relatively clean water is one of the best sources of protein you can eat.  After fruit and vegetables, most nutritionists will recommend that you include fatty fish up to three times a week in your diet. Fatty fish, including salmon, tuna, mackerel, black cod and sardines. Fatty fishes are one of the richest sources of omega 3 fatty acids, you know the fatty acids that have terrific heart benefits, like lowering blood pressure and  blood triglycerides, a fat that influences heart disease. Other studies are indicating that omega 3’s may benefit conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and depression.

Seafood such as scallops, shrimp and mussels are also great sources of low fat protein as well as being full of essential vitamins and minerals.  Shellfish is one of the best sources of zinc and selenium, two minerals that support a healthy immune system, something we can all use here in Shanghai.  Shellfish have super amounts of B12 and are good sources of iron, both which can be hard to get if you are avoiding red meat.

So there is no doubt that fish and seafood should be a part of a healthy diet BUT how to feel comfortable about eating it here, where the local waters don’t exactly sparkle?

The good news is there are more places now in Shanghai to buy fresh, additive free fish and seafood then ever before. Fields and Marks & Spencers offer frozen fish and seafood from far away oceans  and new on the scene, out in Hong Qiao, is Andes Premium Catch.

The cooking demonstration was put on by Andes Premium Catch at their retail store on Hong Mei Lu.   Andes Premium Catch belongs to one of the world’ largest seafood companies, that focuses on sourcing from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and  sustainable  fishing grounds.  All the fish and seafood is additive free.The cooking demonstration I attended was put on by Andes Premium Catch at their retail store on Hong Mei Lu.   Every month, Andes Premium Catch offers free cooking demos  and  tasty cooking classes. Stop by the store for a visit with the friendly and knowledgeable staff.   www.andespremiumcatch.com

Eat Well , Live Well, Have some fish this week!