Why I'm supporting World Cancer Research Fund's new fish cookbook

18 October 2016 | Healthy living

Nathan is a professional chef who has worked previously with television chef Rick Stein. He now runs his self-titled two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Port Isaac, Cornwall. 

I’m really proud to be part of World Cancer Research Fund’s latest cookbook, Solely Fish: Make Fish your Catch of the Day. It has great fish recipes that will get you on your way to a healthier diet.

For many people, red meat is the ‘go-to’ centrepiece of their main meals but World Cancer Research Fund’s evidence has shown that eating too much red meat isn’t good for our health. In fact, it is a known cause of bowel cancer.

Healthy, delicious and versatile

Although bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK, it is also one of the most preventable. This is why World Cancer Research Fund recommends we eat no more than 500 grams of cooked red meat a week. Red meat is also high in saturated fat, which is linked with high blood cholesterol.

Fish, on the other hand, is a healthy, delicious and highly versatile alternative to red meat. I love to use fish in my cooking. All types of fish are good sources of protein, as well as vitamins and minerals, and are low in saturated fat.

Battered and breaded

A lot of people stick to the battered and breaded varieties as they simply don’t know what to do with fish. That’s where World Cancer Research Fund’s cookbook comes in. It includes a range of simple and healthy ways to cook fish and aims to inspire confidence in the kitchen. You’ll also know exactly what you’ll be eating as each recipe has been designed to keep calories, fat, sugar and salt to a minimum while still tasting delicious.

The cookbook has incorporated the charity’s recommendations on how to help prevent cancer and highlights some important steps people can take to reduce their cancer risk.

One in two

Sadly, cancer currently affects one in two of us in the UK but the good news is that a third of the most common cancers could be prevented through following World Cancer Research Fund’s recommendations. That works out at about 80,000 cancer cases a year in the UK.

red mullet by Nathan Outlaw

Image taken from Nathan Outlaw's Fish Kitchen (Quadrille), photograph: David Loftus

I hope the collection of recipes in this cookbook will show you just how quick and easy it is to cook fish dishes that the whole family can enjoy. Start off by trying my red mullet dish (pictured above) – you’ll soon find that you’re eating more fish and cutting down on the amount of red meat you eat!

Solely Fish: Make Fish your Catch of the Day is free to download online. A printed copy is available for 50p plus postage costs from the charity’s online shop.

Nathan Outlaw | 18 October 2016

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