Two thirds of people in Britain are putting their health at risk by not eating enough fish, cancer experts have warned.
The NHS advises that everyone should eat fish at least twice a week – including one portion of oily fish such as salmon or tuna.
But 64 per cent of people do not meet this target, a poll found.
The NHS advises that everyone should eat fish at least twice a week
Fish and shellfish are good sources of vitamins and minerals and are far lower in fat than any form of meat.
Oily fish is also particularly high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have huge benefits to the heart and brain, and in vitamin D, which strengthens the bones.
Regularly eating fish also means people tend to eat less red meat, reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease.
The World Cancer Research Fund, which commissioned the YouGov poll of 2,000 adults, found that fish-eating seems to be a disappearing habit. Of those surveyed, over-55s ate the most fish, with 45 per cent consuming at least two portions a week.
And young families with children aged between five and 11 ate the least, with only 25 per cent consuming fish twice a week.
The charity is today launching its week-long Hooked on Fish campaign. Sarah Toule, its head of health information, said: ‘Fish offers many health benefits.
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