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Anchovies and Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Anchovies are of the family Engralidae, small common saltwater plankton-feeding fish. These fish are abundant in the Mediterranean and have been an important food since Roman times being used as the base for a staple of cuisine, garum, which was a fermented fish sauce.

Anchovies being an oily fish contain up to 2 -3 grams of Omega 3 (EPA & DHA) fatty acid per 3.5 ounces. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to be important for brain and nervous system development in children, beneficial for the heart and circulatory system, and beneficial for the prevention of depression. The American Heart Assoociation recommends on average 0.5 grams of EPA + DHA per person per day.

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