Health Benefits of Adding More Fish to Your Diet
When you sit down to meal plan for your family for the coming week, a good way to add some variety and be healthier is to include fish on the menu.
Meat and potatoes have been a staple in many homes over the decades, but increasingly, research has shown that fish is much easier on your heart than red meat, and contains rich omega-3 fatty acids, which are the good fats your body needs. In addition, they have several other benefits, including:
- Reduces risk for heart disease
- Reduces risk of depression
- Lowers risk of inflammation that causes joint pain
- Builds cell membranes in the brain, which can improve mental agility and memory
It’s recommended to eat fish high in DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids a few times per week. These fish include salmon, sardines, tuna, lake trout, and anchovies. However, it is best to eat limited amounts of farm-raised fish, as they can have higher levels of contaminants and higher levels of mercury (like mackerel, shark, and sword fish).
Not sure how to buy (or prepare) fish? The seafood counter at your local grocery store can help with recipes and tasty ideas.
Finally, before eating or serving any kind of fish, make sure allergies are not an issue with anyone at the table.