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Fish and Your Heart’s Health

by Gumer Liston October 21st, 2009 | Diet, Nutrition
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Healthy eating is one of the keys to good health. Healthy eating means having a well-balanced diet all the time. No single food can make a person healthy, so our diet must come from different kinds of foods like vegetables, meat, fruits, grains, and seafood. Eating a wide variety of foods can give us a more complete nutrition. Most of us know the benefits that our bodies gain from vegetables, meat, fruits, and grains, but how about seafood? How much do we know about the health benefits that it can bring to us? Let us take a closer look at fish, the most commonly eaten seafood.

Fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is known to benefit the heart of healthy people and those at high risk of (or who already have) heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish, preferably fatty fish, at least twice a week. Salmon, sardines, herring, trout, tuna and even shellfish are high in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the two important kinds of omega-3 fatty acids that are proven to give many benefits to the heart.

Fish is low in fat and high in protein, which is why some health research bodies like Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council suggest that people should eat more fish. Their studies have shown that regular consumption of fish can reduce the risk not only of heart disease but a number of other diseases like asthma and diabetes.

If you are not used to eating fish but would like to start adding it to your diet, you can do so by slowly substituting fish for another type of food you eat each week. If you do not like the taste of fish, you can try marinating it first before cooking it. There are also many healthy ways of cooking fish, you can bake, steam, poach, steam, or grill it. There are also many fish recipe that you can find online.

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