If you haven’t read Confessions of a Fish Killer by John McDougall,
This very interesting and informative article covers Dr. McDougall’s
personal experiences since childhood, and answers just about any
question you may have concerning fish – and then some. Reading this
article made me realize that, when it comes to fish, I really didn’t
know as much as I thought I did.
I trust Dr. McDougall’s advice because he documents his statements
concerning health with solid scientific facts from sources
well-respected by the medical community.
Here’s just a small sample taken from Confessions of a Fish Killer:
“Only plants can make the omega-3 fats—fish don’t; nor do cows or
people. Alpha linolenic acid (ALA) is made by plants and converted
into DHA by infants and adults in sufficient amounts to supply all of
our needs including those for brain function and development. After
all, the African elephant with a brain volume of 3000 to 4000 cm3,
compared to the human brain of 1400 cm3, has no trouble making all the
essential fats its brain, and the rest of its huge body, needs from
plant foods. (3)
You can safely assume a comparatively puny human being can do the
(3) Langdon JH. Has an aquatic diet been necessary for hominin brain
evolution and functional development? Br J Nutr. 2006 Jul;96(1):7-17.
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