Is Eating Fish Really That Healthy?

by FarmClub Editorial

Is Eating Fish Really That Healthy?

Fish is considered as the healthiest meat with tons of incredible health benefits. According to the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) survey, Canadians eat finfish an average of 3.7 times per month and shellfish an average of 1.9 times per month.

But what exactly is it about fish that makes it so healthy? And how much fish do you need to consume to reap the health benefits? Let's see.

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Nutritional Content of Fish

The vital proteins, omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids, and iodine found in fish are what make it so healthy in general. Many types of fish have a high-fat content, but this should not deter health-conscious eaters because these are good sources of fat. 

According to research, fish contains polyunsaturated fatty acids among the healthiest. These essential fatty acids are necessary for life because they are only found in fish and cannot be produced by the body. 

Omega-3 fatty acids, in particular, are necessary for good health. They have anti-inflammatory properties, are beneficial to the cardiovascular system, and help to strengthen the immune system and brain functions.

Health Benefits Of Eating Fish

  • Fish carries many benefits for your body. Eating fish reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. Now let us dig in and find out the other important benefits of eating fish.
  • Eating fish improves the lipid profile (lowering LDL cholesterol, increasing HDL, and lowering triglycerides).
  • Reduce blood pressure and heart rate.
  • It helps control blood clotting.
  • Protect against depression.
  • Beneficial in cases of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Eating fish protects against autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Fish contains vitamin A associated with improved vision, a lack of which can lead to dry eyes or even blindness. In older people, fish omega-3 fatty acids shield the retina and protect against macular degeneration.
  • The high biological value of fish protein, potassium, and calcium contribute to the smooth contraction and response of muscle tissue. Without them, our muscles would weaken, and our hearts would stop working.
  • Vitamin D in fish plays a key role in absorbing calcium in the intestine, an ingredient essential for good bone health. This is especially important for vulnerable age groups such as children, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and the elderly.

How Much Fish Per Week Is Safe?

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend at least 8 ounces of fish per week (based on a 2,000-calorie diet). So, make sure to consume at least half of your portions of fatty fish, such as Atlantic Salmon, Atlantic Haddock, Halibut, Cod and Rainbow Trout which are high in omega-3 fats.

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