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

 

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

EPMU: Fourth Pike River Anniversary

Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. More>>

ALSO:

'Kindara': Unusual Ginger Coloured Kiwi Chick Released To Taupo Creche

A cute little kiwi chick with an unusual ginger tinge to its feathers has just been released to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo after hatching at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. More>>

Werewolf: The Complicatist : Bob Dylan Himself, And By Others

Bob Dylan is about to release a six CD version of the entire Basement Tapes sessions he recorded with the Band 40 years ago. To mark the occasion, I’ve rustled together some favourite cover versions of Dylan songs, and a few lesser-known tracks by the great man. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gone Girl : The Trouble With Amy

Philip Matthews: Three words to describe the David Fincher film Gone Girl: cynical, topical and ridiculous. Ridiculous isn’t a negative. More>>

ALSO:

11/11: Armistice Day Peace Vigils

On Armistice Day 2014, the second in the series of peace vigils that will take place three times each year during the World War One centenary will be held in Hokianga, Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, Otaki, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Takaka. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news