Wiki Spanish Food editorial team
Bluefin tuna is indubitably a food of the gods. It is a very exquisite fish which, at present, can best be seen being caught at trap-net sites in Barbate, Conil, Zahara de los Atunes, Tarifa and Ceuta. If bluefin tuna is one of your favorite foods, you won't want to miss these seven fun facts.
1. It is considered by some experts to be one of the most exquisite products from the sea, as it is among the most popular gourmet foods from Spain.
2. Bluefin tuna should not be confused with albacore tuna. The main difference between them is their weight: albacore tuna can weigh up to 20 kilos, while bluefin tuna can weigh more than 250 kilos. Another distinguishing characteristic is that albacore tuna meat is pink and it turns white when cooked, while bluefin tuna is red like beef, and even when it's cooked it maintains its color.
3. Bluefin tuna is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and contains DHA and EPA. These types of nutrients prevent and protect from cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks, thrombosis, strokes, etc.). Bluefin tuna also reduces cholesterol, as it lowers the levels of triglycerides in the blood. Moreover, EPA increases the release of serotonin (the happiness hormone) with the result that if you tuck into bluefin tuna tartar, not only will you enjoy its unique flavor, but you'll also feel happier.
4. This tuna contains high levels of vitamins B2, B3, B6, B9, B12, and E. One of the main functions of this vitamin complex is energy metabolism, as vitamin B1 converts carbohydrates into glucose, and glucose is transformed into energy by vitamins B2, B3 and B6. Vitamin E is also a wonderful antioxidant.
5. It's low in calories: bluefin tuna is has very few calories. It's also high in protein, magnesium and selenium.
6. It improves brain function: many people believe that bluefin tuna consumption by the elderly helps prevent dementia and improves memory in young people and adults. This is attributable to its high omega-3 content.
7. Healthy tan: according to recent research by the University of Manchester, foods with a high omega-3 content protect the skin from the adverse effects of the sun, reducing the risk of getting cancer.