Nutrition and DietPerch: benefits and properties

Perch: benefits and properties

Benefits of perch, and information on the nutritional properties of this white fish, low in fat and calories, and also delicious.

Among the different best-known or popular river fish, and that ultimately stand out for being some of the most consumed in terms of the fish that we can find in fresh water, we can distinguish carp and perch.

Although traditionally it is known by the name of carp or common carp apparently a single fish, the truth is that it is the name by which a total of 150 species of bony fish are known, which are characterized by having two dorsal fins ( united or separated).

In the case of the common carp (or Perca fluviatilis ), it is a fish that belongs to the Percid family, of the order Perciformes, which can be fished and consumed practically throughout the year, as there are no specific seasonal months.

It inhabits the waters of rivers and lakes especially slow current, being quite common and how in Central Europe and North Asia.

Nutritional properties of perch

Unlike carp, perch is a white fish, which means that we are dealing with a really low-fat fish. In fact, we could consider it as one of the fish with the lowest fat content, since 100 grams of perch provide less than 1 gram of fat (specifically 0.8 grams of fat), and just 80 calories.

Like most fish, it has a good amount of proteins of high biological value, which means that it provides all the essential amino acids, although its protein content is not as high as that of meat or eggs.

Regarding its vitamin content, it provides vitamin A and B complex vitamins (B1, B2 and B3). It also provides minerals, such as iron, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium.

Perch benefits

First of all, from the perch, we can highlight its very low fat content and caloric intake, which makes it a very interesting fish for people who follow a hypocaloric and low-fat diet, with the aim of losing weight and reducing high levels of fat in the blood. .

Not only for its low fat content, but also for its nutritional richness in good quality proteins, vitamins (although less than in other fish) and minerals, it is essential in balanced and healthy diets.

Regarding the benefits and functions of the different vitamins that it provides, we can highlight vitamin A, essential for vision, vitamin B1 which helps to improve the health of our brain, vitamin B2 that intervenes in enzymatic processes and vitamin B3 that participates in the production of sex hormones.

Regarding its mineral content, we highlight the presence above all of potassium (necessary for muscular activity and the nervous system) and phosphorus (it participates in energy production processes).

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