Scottish Kippers traditionally smoked using selected aromatic oak chips using a technique perfected by five generations of fishermen.
Kippers are high in protein and high in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, containing an impressive 3350mg per 100g. Kippers are also high in vitamin B3, B12, vitamin D, phosphorus and selenium.
|Nutrient||Amount per 100g*||% of RI|
|of which saturates (g)||3.74||19%|
|of which sugars (g)||0.0||0%|
|Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin (mg)||0.27||19%|
|Vitamin B3 - Niacin (mg)||5.1||32%|
|Vitamin B6 (mg)||0.29||21%|
|Vitamin B12 (μg)||11.1||444%|
|Vitamin D (μg)||10.1||202%|
RI = Reference Intake of an average adult (2000kcal/8400kJ)
*Per 100g of grilled kippers
Omega 3 fatty acids are known for their beneficial effects in the body, especially when it comes to heart disease. They have been found to help keep heart rhythm steady, clear excess fat from the blood and reduce the chance of clots forming.
One of the primary omega-3 fatty acids found in fish is also the predominant omega-3 fatty acid found in the brain. Unsurprisingly, it exerts beneficial effects on the brain including enhancing the way serotonin (the brain chemical associated with feeling of happiness) works.
Kippers are a brilliant source of vitamin B12 containing over 400% of the reference value. B12 is needed to form red blood cells, DNA, produce energy and maintain our heart health. If we don't get enough, it can impact our energy levels, memory and mood - making us feel weak and tired. Vitamin B3 and phosphorus are critical ingredients needed to produce and maintain our bodies energy supply.
Kippers contain 100% of the reference value for selenium which plays a role in the creation of thyroid hormones - the thyroid is the gland responsible for our metabolic rate and helps determine how many calories we burn each day.
Kippers contain enough vitamin D to meet the reference intake 2-fold, vitamin D is very important for bone health, immune function and the growth of our cells. Deficiency can increase our risk of infection and decrease absorption of dietary calcium and phosphorus which can then lead to reduced bone mineral density.