Alongside some other common UK species (like mackerel and herring) because salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids it is classed as an 'oily' fish.  In fact, the Government recommends everyone should eat at least two portions of oily fish every week because of the health benefits this can bring.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids the body cannot make on its own - they have to be acquired through the foods we eat. There’s widespread agreement from scientists about their health benefits which include reduced risk of heart disease and stroke and the maintenance of strong bones and joints.

A growing body of research also suggests evidence for other benefits such as improved brain function; supporting brain development in children; improved memory and even possibly delaying the onset of dementia.  Omega-3's may also help sufferers of Parkinson’s and Crohn's disease, ease rheumatoid arthritis, reduce depression and help skin to stay healthy.  Read more here.

Plus of course, because salmon is a high-protein food, it's great to eat as part of a health and fitness regime. Proteins keep the metabolism balanced, helping the body to get in shape.  And salmon is a great source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins D and B-12.

So, add a bit of extra salmon to your menu this Healthy Eating Week and celebrate everything that's good about this fantastically healthy fish.