Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cole's wild mackerel

Protein is always a challenge on the fibroid shrinking diet. Especially convenient and tasty protein. So I'm glad to have discovered a product that is both of those -- Cole's Wild Mackerel. It's a tin of tasty fish in olive oil.

I keep a bunch of them in my cupboard for impromptu lunches. Today I had the mackerel along with roasted beet on top of spinach and arugula. An excellent fibroid fighting repast -- and it was delicious too!

When I first discovered it, I was a bit worried about the mackerel, was the mercury level high? Couldn't find anything online so I emailed the company and got this response:

It is Atlantic Spanish mackerel..small fish..in the 2-4 lb range..low mercury as the life span is short

Phew!

The rainbow trout from this company also looks good but have not tried it yet, it's a bit more pricey.

I got my mackerel at Whole Foods, it's also available here.

By the way, there was a recent article in the Wall Street Journal about how pouches of mackerel are used as an alternate currency in many prisons. One reason they are popular is that the prisoners don't want to eat the fish. They must use a cheaper grade of mackerel than what is in this Cole's, because the Cole's really is scrumptuous! I doubt the prison stuff is in olive oil either.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time out and calling the Cole's company about their mackerel. I was concerned about the levels of mercury as well, and did my own research and couldn't find anything until I saw your comments. I love their products as well. I'm not really a meat eater, except fish with lots of veges, beans and legumes. So I'm careful of what fish I buy. Thanks again for the info. Very helpful.

Fibroid Shrinker said...

You're welcome!

Anonymous said...

I just researched mackerel types, and so-called Spanish mackerel is differentiated from North Atlantic mackerel fished in Canadian and U.S. waters. The latter is low in mercury, whereas mercury in Spanish mackerel is elevated; current guidelines advise restriction as with King mackerel.