There are plenty of reasons to eat more fish. It’s a very versatile food which means you can eat it at any time (even for breakfast if you’re partial to kippers) and you can eat more fish by trying it in recipes from any world cuisine. There are also plenty of other reasons to eat more fish other than that it is very tasty. Here are some of the best reasons to add more fish to your diet.
When it comes to nutritional value, the main reason to eat more fish is that fish contains a wealth of proteins, vitamins and minerals such as zinc, iron and calcium. Best of all, tasty fish contains less saturated fat than other meats and so is a great addition to a low fat diet. What a catch!
An easy way to cut your risk of death by a heart attack by at least a third is to consume around two servings of fish a week. A minor change to your diet could lead to a longer life and this is because Omega-3 fatty acids are heart healthy, decreasing the risk of abnormal heartbeats. These amazing Omega-3 fatty acids are reported to slow growth of plaque in the arteries, decrease levels of triglyceride and help to reduce blood pressure. Omega-3 can also reduce the risk of a stroke. Isn’t that a great reason to eat more fish?
It may surprise you to know that eating fish could also reduce your risk of particular cancers. It has been reported that in a study of 35000 women, in the journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, there was a 32 per cent reduced risk of breast cancer while using fish oil supplements. Other studies have shown that if you include more fish in your diet, it can reduce a man’s risks of developing advanced cancer of the prostate gland, so you can encourage the men in your life to eat more fish too.
It is believed that fish can be a great brain food. Omega-3 can help people to concentrate better and studies have shown a reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by around 60 per cent in those who eat more fish. Now that’s food for thought!
White fish is very easy to digest and this makes it an ideal food for elderly people, people feeling under the weather or those with digestive problems. You can include more fish in your diet as a light and healthy meal to provide lots of nutrition packed with vitamins and minerals without overloading your digestive system.
Omega-3 has anti-inflammatory properties and this can help to improve the swelling in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and other joint issues. Those who eat more fish or consume fish oil supplements report more supple joints and easier movement. These anti-inflammatory properties can also help in the relief of skin conditions such as psoriasis so it is worth looking at diet as well as topical treatments when attempting to ease skin issues. Omega-3 could also help in the management of autoimmune diseases.
Not only is fish good for the brain but if you add more fish to your diet it could help reduce the risk of a condition called Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). AMD is a common cause of the loss of sight in over 50s and studies have suggested that the consumption of fish can be important in the risk reduction. Again this is down to those amazing Omega-3 fatty acids and they are an important component of the fight against AMD which can lead to blindness. Food for the brain and the eyes!
Above all, fish is not only healthy but it is also very versatile and can be stored frozen to seal in the nutrients or kept in a tin for a convenient way to get your weekly portions of oily fish. There are many different varieties of fish and each has their own unique flavor and recipes so each meal can be as adventurous as you like! A good source of protein and great for all the family, frozen fish can be turned into a healthy meal quickly and simply for all levels of chef. This is a great reason to eat more fish!
For the health and body conscious there really are some significant reasons to eat more fish. And if you don’t much like the idea of eating more fish, with so many different kinds there’s bound to be at least one fish that you can enjoy, so push the boat out and try a few.
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