Fish is one of the healthiest, tastiest foods around and with the huge variety on offer you could easily have a different meal every day and not get bored.
Generally speaking, all types of fish offer high quality protein, iodine and various vitamins and minerals.
Eating fish is an important source of omega-3 fatty acids, essential nutrients that keep our heart and brain healthy. Two omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Our bodies don’t produce omega-3 fatty acids so we must get them through the food we eat.
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in every kind of fish, but are especially high in fatty fish. Some good choices are salmon, trout, sardines, herring, canned mackerel, canned light tuna, and oysters.
Omega-3 fatty acids can:
- Help maintain a healthy heart by lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of sudden death, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms and strokes.
- Aid healthy brain function and infant development of vision and nerves during pregnancy.
- Decrease the risk of depression, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and diabetes.
- Prevent inflammation and reduce the risk of arthritis.
Health experts recommend at least two portions of fish a day and there is plenty of choice from fresh, frozen or canned to create delicious meals easily and cost effectively.