Five things that make Organic Salmon special

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Organic September is the time to celebrate all things organic, including of course our premium BigFish Brand Organic salmon fillets! This really is the very best quality salmon you can buy, so here are the reasons why it’s special – and worth paying a little more for!

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1. Organic at every stage of life… Our Organic salmon are grown from organic smolts (juvenile fish). These are only reared in the spring, following the salmon’s natural wild reproductive cycle.

2. A balanced diet… These salmon eat feed made only with purely organic-approved, natural ingredients from sustainable sources which are GMO free. The feed includes at least 50% fishmeal made from off-cuts intended for human consumption.

3. Perfectly pink….Only natural pigments are used in organic salmon feed, whilst some conventional producers employ synthetic additives to enhance the pink colour of salmon flesh

4. More freedom to roam… Salmon in organic systems are given more room to grow and shoal in their pens – usually twice as much space per fish than conventional systems.

5. Clean living… Organic salmon are reared in the cleanest possible environment, with an especially strong flow of clean salt water.  This and the low stocking density ensures they are lean and strong, which makes for a better tasting fish!

Tuck into salmon for healthy vitamin D!

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Public Health England – the Government’s health advice body – has today advised everyone to increase their regular consumption of the few foods which are naturally rich in Vitamin D – which includes salmon!
A study by the Government’s scientific advisory committee on nutrition (SACN) into vitamin D and health found that one in five people were getting too little. Government health advisers are now urging everyone to eat more Vitamin D rich foods – which includes tuna, eggs and salmon – in order to triple their intake of vitamin D and reduce the risk of bone disease.

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“If the recommendations are followed this should reduce the risk of bone disease in the UK population. Until now it has been assumed that sunlight would provide the vitamin D needed by most of the population all the year round. We now know this is not true because about one in five people in the UK have a low blood level of vitamin D,” said Professor Hilary Powers, who led the SACN review, which took five years.

“A healthy, balanced diet and short bursts of sunshine will mean most people get all the vitamin D they need in spring and summer. However, everyone will need to consider taking a supplement in the autumn and winter if you don’t eat enough foods that naturally contain vitamin D or are fortified with it,” said Dr Louis Levy, PHE’s head of nutrition science.

So, even more reasons to eat more salmon – it can boost your healthy intake of Vitamin D (and that’s official!).

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jul/21/tuck-in-tuna-salmon-and-eggs-or-take-vitamin-d-pills-official-health-advice

More on the health benefits of salmon

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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Not only is Atlantic salmon delicious, it’s really, really good for you! It is packed full of Omega-3 fatty acids which put it in the special category of ‘oily’ fish – alongside a few other species commonly available in the UK like mackerel and herring.

In fact, the UK Government recommends that we all eat at least two portions of oily fish every week because of the health benefits it brings.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids your body cannot make on its own – they have to be acquired in the diet through the foods we eat. There’s widespread agreement from scientists about health benefits including a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke and also that Omega-3s help to keep bones and joints healthy and strong.

Furthermore, a growing body of research suggests evidence for other benefits such as improved brain function; a positive contribution to the brain development of children; improved memory function and possibly helping to delay the onset of dementia. Omega-3s may also help sufferers of Parkinson’s and Crohn’s disease, ease rheumatoid arthritis and depression and help your skin stay healthy. Read more here.

Plus of course, because salmon is a high-protein food, it’s great to eat if you’re preparing your body for a workout. Proteins keep your metabolism balanced, keeping you fuller for longer and helping you to get in shape. And what’s more, salmon is also full of a variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins D and B-12.

Here at JCS Fish we work hard to make sure all the good nutrients in salmon stay there right through from freezer to plate. Our ingenious flash freeze and vacuum pack process keeps the salmon fresh for longer and makes sure it’s just as healthy and delicious straight from your freezer as it was the day it came out of the water.

And, since we’ve seven different marinade flavours to choose, we doubt you’ll get bored with eating it! Plus you can enjoy the succulent taste of our natural or organic salmon portions in your own recipes. You truly are spoilt for salmon choice with JCS Fish!

The Health Benefits of Salmon

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Salmon is nutritionally dense and something of a superfood which makes it an important part of a healthy diet.

Fish consumption is increasing in the UK as people want to eat more healthily.  Of all the different types of oily fish, salmon has received the most praise for being a nutritional marvel and is considered a “brain food”.

Fish and shellfish have been important in human nutrition since prehistoric times.  Fish farming is an age old practice and the Romans farmed fish in ponds.  For thousands of years the Chinese have farmed fish using their rice fields during the periods when the fields are under water.  Throughout history, fish and shellfish have been a source of economic power.  During recent decades, per capita fish consumption has expanded all over the world.

Salmon is nutrient dense and an excellent source of high quality protein, vitamins and minerals (including potassium, selenium and vitamin B12) but it is their content of omega 3 fatty acids that receives the most attention.

Health Benefits of Potassium

Potassium is one of the seven essential macro-minerals.  Its primary functions in the body include building muscle, synthesizing proteins, controlling the electrical activity of the heart and maintaining acid-base balance.  It is needed for the maintenance of total body fluid, keeping electrolytes in balance and ensuring normal cell function.

Health Benefits of Selenium

Selenium is an essential trace mineral important for cognitive function, a healthy immune system and fertility for both men and women.

Health Benefits of Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 has health benefits for everyone whatever their age.  It combats asthma in children and has helped the elderly who find their minds aren’t as sharp as when they were younger.  B12 also plays a role in melatonin production which is the hormone responsible for letting you get a good night’s sleep and, as we get older, the body is less efficient at making this hormone.  People with tinnitus (constant ringing in the ears) are also sometime deficient in Vitamin B12.

Lover of Creating Flavours – Product Review

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

After receiving some samples of our products, blogger Anita-Clare Field from Lover of Creating Flavours has written a greatly informative brief on the Salmon farming industry, a snapshot of details about what we’re doing to help the industry and also a review of our Bigfish Brand products. You can read her thoughts and findings here! Many thanks for the review!

Boost Your Brain Power

Monday, June 1st, 2015

With the exam season upon us, there will be lots of people in households all over the UK tip toeing around the house so as not to disturb students doing revision for their upcoming exams.

Let us help boost their brain power by feeding them a tasty, healthy meal rich in Omega 3.  In fact, this is so easy to prepare, they could do it themselves!

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A recent study found that eating salmon can boost memory function by 15%.  DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid) is one of the most highly concentrated fats in the brain and is already known to play a vital role in optimal brain structure and functioning.

An important note here is to remember that the body cannot effectively make this fatty acid and therefore it must be consumed as part of your diet.  Memory and working memory are amongst the most crucial functions of our brains for numerous everyday activities which involve concentration … And at this time of year, revision demands a huge amount of concentration!

Freezing in Freshness

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Do you want to get the most from your food in terms of its vitamins and nutrients? Do you want to save money by reducing the amount of food you waste?

If you answered yes to these questions, buying frozen is key.

Freezing food is not a modern concept. There is evidence of freezing going back as far as 3000BC when snow was used to preserve food in ancient China to help the people survive the long and cold winters. Fast forward a few thousand years and it has developed into a huge market worth over £5 billion in the UK alone, making frozen food a popular choice in homes across the UK. The shelf life of many goods that perish quickly such as meats, fruits and vegetables have been extended meaning that less will go off and need to be thrown away.

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Slimming with Salmon

Friday, January 16th, 2015

New Year, new you – Sound familiar? With weight loss and health at the top of most of our January agendas, we wanted to share with you why salmon is a great choice to help shed the pounds whilst giving you a boost of brain power in the form of Omega 3 and improving your heart’s health.

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10 Reasons why Salmon is a Superior Seafood

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Salmon – farmed or wild – is a favorite with consumers and can be marketed in a wide variety of ways – value – added portions, fillets, whole fish, sashimi and smoked, to name a few.

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Salmon Species – Atlantic Salmon

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

The Atlantic Salmon has tasty flesh that is often orange-red. Fish average about 3.5 to 5.5 kg in weight but specimens up to 38kg have been caught.

The Atlantic Salmon migrates from the sea into cold fresh water in late spring or early summer, swimming upriver at an average rate of up to 4 miles per day. The female lays as many as 20,000 eggs in October or November after which time the adult salmon float downstream and return to the sea. An Atlantic salmon returning to its spawning ground for the first time is known as a grilse. After spawning it is known as a kelt. The Atlantic salmon returns year after year to its breeding place and can live for up to 8 years.