Mackerel: Is it Good for Your Health?

Knowing something about mackerel feels like having a hot stock market tip: you know something incredibly valuable, right before everyone’s going to be talking about it. In Europe mackerel is a big thing, but here in North America it’s just about to hit its stride. So, what’s the big deal?

Mackerel is a small saltwater fish from the same family as tuna and bonito. It’s delicious, it’s incredibly sustainable, and most of all: it’s really, really good for you.

There are some great things that we stand for with Gold Seal mackerel: we use that don’t impact the ocean floor, with a focus on reducing bycatch in a sustainable, responsible way.

There are two key things to remember about why mackerel is so healthy:

Mackerel is loaded with Omega-3 acids

If you haven’t heard enough about Omega-3 acids already, we’ll revisit it one more time. You should be getting at least one serving of Omega-3 from fish per week, and mackerel should be your go-to for that: it has one of the highest concentrations of Omega-3s out of both freshwater and saltwater fish. Omega-3s are good for your brain, they lower your blood pressure, and they raise your good cholesterol. Sure, you could pop fish oil pills to get there, but mackerel is light, tasty, and gets you there as part of a good meal. If you’re like a lot of us, actually eating a meal is a lot easier to stick to than remembering to take a supplement… and it’s more fun to make, too.

Mackerel is safe seafood

Even when mature, mackerel are small fish; they don’t accumulate mercury in quantity, making them a safe choice to consume on a regular basis. With Gold Seal mackerel you can choose from mackerel in oil, or Mediterranean style, both without bones or skin making them easy to add to some incredible recipes without having to worry about mercury in your diet.

For such a small fish mackerel is a big deal; now that you know a little bit more about it, try our recipes or add mackerel to one of your favourites and see what it can do for your next meal.