Frozen hake is a good option to incorporate into our diet so that it is healthy and balanced. But is it as nutritious as hake bought at the fish market? These products are sold frozen in supermarkets and, according to an analysis carried out by the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU)is “as nutritious as fresh”.
The OCU has carried out a study with 20 brands of deep-frozen hake fillets and loins, and one of the conclusions is that “there are high-quality products” and, furthermore, that a product is more expensive, “is not synonymous with better”, indicates the organization. Thus, They offer the keys to acquiring the best frozen hake in the supermarket.
What are the results of the analysis?
Firstly, after analyzing 20 brands, 14 skinless fillets and 6 frozen hake loins, The OCU has verified the following:
- The labeling is correct and all the products analyzed collect the necessary information for the consumer.
- The weight corresponds to the regulations.
- The processing and deep-freezing of all the fillets and loins have been carried out correctly, and the hygiene parameters have been met.
- No contaminated product, they do not contain additives or parasites. The OCU has also not found heavy metals such as mercury, or phosphates, or anisakis.
- The price is affordable. “By choosing a private label product over top brand products, we can save 53% in the case of fillets and 42% in loins”, adds the OCU.
Fresh or frozen?
The organization has made available to consumers a comparator in which collect all the results of each analyzed product, which can be found at this link. The study reveals that it is possible to buy good quality hake for a price of less than 7 euros per kilo, “as is the case with frozen skinless Cape fillets from Carrefour, Flete from Aldi or the Cape hake fillet from The English Court”.
Another important aspect when purchasing this product is check what is its origin and capture method. “This information must be visible in the fishmongers that sell them fresh and on the labels of deep-frozen products,” they indicate.
In the case of deep-frozen, “they are usually non-European species caught by trawling, processed and frozen at source“. The OCU details that, generally, they come from the coasts of Namibia and South Africa “and are known as Cape hake.” In other cases, they come from the coasts of Argentina or Chile.
“In previous studies of frozen hake we did not find significant differences taking into account its origin” and, as a general conclusion, they are products of lower quality and price than hake that comes from Europe and skewers, “but just as healthy”.