5 Reasons To Eat Kipper For Breakfast

 
18-Apr-2012 by

 

Kippered herringKipper is a quintessential English breakfast food, unfortunately not so common in this side of the world. Even the Japanese swear by this split oily fish. Not only are they delicious little bites, but also filled with countless health benefits that promote healthy growth, development, and sustenance of the body. If you are still not convinced about including kipper for breakfast, here are 5 reasons why you must do so…

 

Benefits of eating kipper for breakfast

 

Kipper is essentially a whole herring, which is slit into half from head to tail, gutted, and smoked. It may be salted or pickled before smoking. Thus, kipper is a small fatty fish can encompasses all the nutritional benefits of whole herring. Read on for more details…

 

1.Promotes health heart

Kipper is a rich source of heart healthy fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6, which are known for their cardio-protective properties. Research has shown these fatty acids can slow the hardening of arteries, formation of plaques, reduce harmful triglycerides, and lower blood pressure. Moreover, a typical kipper breakfast is usually low in saturated fat and total calories, which in turn reduces the risk of developing CVDs.

 

 

2.Potential brain booster

Kipper is rich in DHA, a fatty acid essential for the growth and development of brain. Studies show that DHA is most readily absorbed in the morning hours – a strong reason to include kippers for breakfast. Regular consumption of this fish helps improve cognition, elevates mood, and helps reduce mental stress.

 

3.Protects brain and nervous system from degenerative diseases

Regular morning consumption of kipper is purported to prevent degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The antioxidant agents like selenium, EPA, DHA, and certain unidentified compounds in this split herring have shown promising effects in reversing these morbid brain conditions in animal studies.

 

4.Nutritional treasure trove

Herring and its product, kipper is a highly nutritious fish, which provides a series of vitamins and minerals essential for healthy upkeep of the body. It is a rich source of Vitamin D, followed by water soluble vitamins like vitamin B12 and B3. It is particularly rich in calcium and phosphorus and trace elements like selenium.  

 

5.Kippers are eco-friendly

Nutritional benefits apart, herring is a sustainable fish and more eco-friendly when compared to other species like Tuna, mackerel, and salmon. These fish are lower in mercury and PCB levels, and have a healthy wild population. U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization promoted herring and its products like kippers as a sustainable source of fish protein.

 

 

Kippers and eggsTips to include kipper in breakfast

 

Kipper, which was a quintessential breakfast food up until 1970’s has lost favor to fast food culture. Even though, these little fish are regaining their place on breakfast tables, several people are cluless about the ways to prepare them. Here are a few ideas to help them…

 

  • Kipper and eggs: This is probably as Victorian as one can be. Bake fresh kipper, top with some poached or fried eggs, and serve with some whole wheat bread - a perfectly balanced and healthy way to start your day.

 

  • Kipper Dauphinoise: Give a fishy twist to the traditional French dish by adding some kipper to the potato recipe. It is quick to prepare, sumptuous to taste, and healthy too.  

 

  • Quick grilled kipper with tomatoes and beans:  Grill the kipper and veggies on high flame using some cooking spray, season with fresh herbs and spices and your delectable morning meal ready to be eaten up.

 

 

  • Kipper sandwich:  Another multifaceted dish, assemble strips of this fish with bread and veggies or eggs, season with sauces of your choice and your breakfast is ready.

 

Kipper breakfast may no longer be a tradition today, but it sure is worth a try. They are not only healthy, delicious, and filling, but also quite easy to prepare in the morning rush – giving you one less reason to avoid breakfast.

 

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