News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Butterfish – a source of essential iodine

Butterfish – a source of iodine, an essential nutrient for human health

The delicate and delicious butterfish, endemic to New Zealand, is a source of several nutrients important for human health, including iodine.

A recent study has suggested an adequate intake of iodine during pregnancy is important as iodine is an essential nutrient for foetal brain development and that iodine deficiency may result in a baby having a lower IQ. While this study was conducted in the United Kingdom, recent evidence from a number of studies has indicated a re-emergence of iodine deficiency in New Zealand.

Dietary sources of iodine include seafood (fish, shellfish and seaweed), iodised salt, milk and eggs. 100g of butterfish will provide 14.4% of the Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) for adults and 30.9% of the RDI for children. Butterfish is also a source of iron and magnesium, vitamins B3 (niacin), B12 and D, phosphorus and selenium – making it an excellent choice for health and wellbeing.

Caught year-round, butterfish availability peaks in winter, making it ideal for our plates this July. Butterfish are one of the few white-fleshed herbivorous fish, feeding on kelp-beds over shallow rocky outcrops. They are a premium fish, prized for their very clean, delicate flavour, translucent flesh and ability to flake well. The versatility of butterfish is such that it can be baked, marinated, poached, smoked, grilled or pan-fried. Best of all, butterfish is so-named for its deliciously moist texture and ‘butteriness’.

For more information on New Zealand butterfish and the Fish of the Month resources, visit www.fishofthemonth.co.nz.

Note: New Zealand butterfish (odax pullus) are also known as ‘greenbone’ for the colouration of their bones, and should not be confused with other species known as butterfish such as walu, escolar, American butterfish (peprilus triacanthus) or Japanese butterfish (a warehou species).

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news