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Why is eating fish good for you?

Tired of eating poultry and prime cuts of beef for lunch? Why not enjoy a piece of grilled fish with some salad for a healthy lunch instead? Of late, there has been a lot of research conducted into why fish is good for us and the many benefits it gives. Fish gives you plenty of protein with very little saturated fat and is much lower in calories than meat or poultry which is great news for those on a diet. Besides, it cooks quite fast and since it has a soft texture that crumbles easily, there are so many wonderful recipes that can be made using fish as the prime ingredient.

Cold water fish such as salmon, trout, sardines and mackerel receive so much praise for their high omega-3 fatty acid content which plays a very important role in keeping your heart healthy. It helps to increase the level of good cholesterol in the blood and lower triglycerides besides lowering blood pressure. A few other studies conducted also claim that a healthy intake of omega 3 fatty acids can help to ward off Alzheimer’s as well. Omega 3 fatty acids also help to promote brain and eye development as well as normal growth. So, by having a portion of grilled salmon for a meal, you’ll be giving more than just the basic nutrients to your body.

On the other hand, all varieties of fish are not good for you either. Certain fishes like shark, swordfish, white tuna and king mackerel have been found to contain very high mercury content. Unfortunately, consuming such fishes can mean that the toxins accumulate and remain in your body for a long period of time. That’s why babies, young children, pregnant and nursing mothers should always avoid fish that contain such high levels of mercury. Many people assume that the nutrients in fish are lost if the fish is cooked for a long period of time. This is not true but using unhealthy methods of preparation such as deep frying the fish can increase its mercury content. Never eat uncooked fish or undercooked fish which has a translucent texture as it could lead to infections and cause other stomach problems. The best way to cook fish is by grilling or steaming it and by adding just a dash of salt and other spices. Having large quantities of sauce or other dressings on the side actually turns a simple low calorie meal, into an unhealthy high calorie one!

The best way to start your day is by taking 2 omega fatty acids capsules along with your other vitamins each day. You’ll give your body the protection it needs from depression, mood swings, pain from inflammation, acne and skin disorders as well as protection from certain types of cancers as well. What’s there not to like about it?