Common names accepted for commercial use for shark:
- Rock eel
- Rock salmon are all common names for certain species of shark.
Whilst, fish is generally low in calories, when it comes to your fish order the one cut of fish can have very different nutritional values depending on the way you cook it. Here’s a list of from healthiest to least:
- Grilled, 200g fillet 266 calories
- Crumbed, 200g fillet 449 calories
- Deep-fried, 200g fillet, 457 calories
And if you’re looking to be even healthier, skip the chips and get a fresh salad.
Fish, in general, is a relatively healthy choice. It is an excellent source of protein and is low in saturated fat and high in unsaturated fat. It is most commonly known for being rich in omega-3 and iodine.
Fish in particular flake contains high levels of mercury which is why its intake is often limited as it can have negative effects on the nervous system. For the general population, the FSANZ recommends that shark (and other specific fish like broadbill, marlin and swordfish) is eaten no more than once a week. For pregnant women, women planning pregnancy and young children it is recommended that they should not eat flake “no more than once a fortnight and should not eat any other fish during that fortnight.”
If you’re looking for an alternative to shark, try swordfish steaks and if you’re looking for a milder option opt for a white-fleshed fish like cod.
Where to buy?
You can most commonly find flake fish raw or cooked from your local fish and chip shop, prices vary depending on availability.