Hake Fish Facts

Hake, also commonly referred to as the classic ‘fish n chips’ is a very popular fish people love to eat. It is part of the Murrolucious family of oceanic fish and is enjoyed for its flaky, lean, milky-white flesh.

Different Hake Species

There are quite a few different species of hake around the world, the hake we sell is actually the European-hake (M. merluccius-scientific name). It is found in the warmer waters of the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

Health Benefits of Eating Hake

Hake has the finest sources of essential fatty acids, protein, minerals and fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, E and D. It found in the deeper waters and considered to be a non-oily fish, this is why it is low in calories and saturated fats; 100g is equal to 78 calories.

Hake has lean, white meat that composes good amino-acids and is a good source of polyunsaturated fatty acids. According to studies y PUFA, eating seafood can decrease your risk of heart attack, stroke, obesity, and hypertension. Seafood is considered healthy for your heart because it is low in saturated fat and higher in polyunsaturated fat, including omega-3 fatty acids. The recommended amount for consumption per week is 2-3 servings.

Did you know that studies have shown how hake can play an important role in the development of the nervous system in infants and children? It is the fatty acids and particularly the DHA that assists in this role.

Research Articles and Studies

According to Cornell University and the New York Sea Grant Extension Program. 2012– the fatty acids play crucial role in decreasing blood pressure and heart rate and help improve cardiovascular function. For example, research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats) that can lead to sudden death.

In adults, several large trials have evaluated the effect of fish or fish oils on heart disease. In the “GISSI Prevention Trial, heart attack survivors who took a 1-gram capsule of omega-3 fats every day for three years were less likely to have a repeat heart attack, stroke, or die of sudden death than those who took a placebo” (Nutrition and You.com).

Further Health Benefits

  1. Hake contains small amounts of vitamin-A in its flesh ; its liver carries good amounts of omega-3 essential fatty acids such as ALA, DHA and DPA to help keep healthy mucosa and skin.
  2. Hake fillet compose B-complex vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine (B-6). It is also good source of vitamin-E, vitamin-B12, thiamin, and riboflavin.
  3. Furthermore, it is a natural source of rich minerals including iodine, calcium , zinc, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Iodine is an important trace element in human nutrition and is essential for thyroid hormone synthesis.