We cut down on red meat to reduce the amount of bad fats in our system. Instead, we dive into eating fish to stay healthy longer. Well, it turns out that’s not a totally safe harbor, either.
Eating fish and seafood with higher levels of mercury may be linked to a higher risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017. However, fish and seafood consumption as a regular part of the diet was not associated with ALS.
“For most people, eating fish is part of a healthy diet,” said study author Elijah Stommel, MD, PhD, of Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. “But questions remain about the possible impact of mercury in fish.” ‘ Continue reading
With Lent in full swing, Wendy’s has brought back their special hand made fish sandwich. It weighs 3.4 ounces which is pretty big, by my reckoning it comes in bigger than McDonald’s fish sammy. The Wendy’s offering is also hand-cut 100 percent North Pacific Cod and covered with a panko crumb coating.
You can almost feel the chill North Pacific wind
Here is the nutritional breakdown according to Caloriecount:
Total fat 24 grams
Sat fat 4.0 grams
Cholesterol 50 mg
Sodium 980 mg
Carbohydrates 50 grams
Fiber 2 grams
Protein 17 grams
This is definitely a larger offering than McDonald’s which comes in with a total of 380 calories. You can read my full write up of the Filet-o-Fish here.
Regarding the Wendy’s offering, that’s a lot of fat for a fish sandwich. More importantly I have a problem with the 980 mg of Sodium. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say we shouldn’t consume more than 1500 mg in a day and this is 2/3 of that in one meal without a soft drink or fries being considered.
As far as taste goes, you will have to decide that for yourself. I don’t expect to be throwing my line in for one of these any time soon. I have a problem with that much fat and salt in a fish sammy, though.
As a fan of battered fish, I confess that I have eaten a boatload of these over the years. so I was curious when I saw a McDonald’s ad for a ‘double’ fish filet sandwich.
This is the single fish sandwich. No double pics available yet.
Maybe I am just ignorant, but I had trouble finding a nutritional breakdown for the new double sandwich. So, I will give you what I was able to find for the regular single sandwich which includes a fish filet patty, regular bun, tartar sauce and American cheese slice from the McDonald’s site.
Regular fish filet:
Protein 15 grams
Total Fat 19 grams
Saturated Fat 4 grams
Carbohydrates 19 grams
Cholesterol 15 mg
Sodium 590 mg
Sugar 5 grams
The following is for a double fish filet sandwich:
Protein 25 grams
Total Fat 26 grams
Saturated Fat 5 grams
Carbohydrates 49 grams
Sodium 830 mg
Sugar 5 grams
The new double fish sammy comes out a little on the heavy side for my money and my tummy. The 540 calories amounts to a bulging quarter of the caloric needs for the average person who has a 2000 budget for the entire day. Don’t forget there are no fries included with this, nor beverage which could easily add several hundred more calories. The Sodium total is at least worth looking at. Experts recommend a total of no more than 1500 mg for the entire day. So, this eats up more than half of the Sodium you should have all day.
Here we are back at the portion size and portion control dilemma. Much as I love battered fish, I will be tossing back the double. In this case, I believe you can have too much of a good thing.