Fish isn’t talked about as highly as beef or chicken.
Most television commercials we come across would rather show a triple stacked bacon burger or a double crusted full toppings pizza.
A restaurant’s fish sandwich commercial might be shown if it’s on sale for $1.
The odd thing is that fish has so many benefits in comparison to beef and chicken, yet it is seldomly promoted.
Perhaps it’s too healthy.
Which is perfect for this post because now I’m going to take the time to celebrate fish and talk about how consuming it can be beneficial for you.
The Benefits of Eating Fish
For one, they are very nutritious. They generally contain many of the vitamins and minerals that are vital for a healthy individual. Particularly Omega-3 Fatty Acids. We’ve talked a lot about what to eat in order to craft yourself into a more health individual.
You may have heard of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (FAs). Well Omega 3 FAs are important for improving body and brain function. Omega 3’s benefits are all the rave, which is why you’ve probably seen it on the Fish Oil labels in the vitamins section of your local supermarket.
Omega-3 s can also decrease inflammation throughout the body. This is a plus as inflammation can cause serious damage to your blood vessels.
So by increasing your omega 3 intake, you reduce your chances of heart disease and stroke.
Not sold yet? What if I told you that fish is super easy to prepare? If you are feeling tired and want to avoid eating something heavy, fish is the way to go.
You have the option to quickly bake, fry, or broil. Once finished cooking, you can eat with veggies or rice.
In the end, you’ll be left with a light nutritious easy to make meal. Did I mention healthy too?
Types to Choose From
There’s a variety of fish with plenty of omega 3 FAs for you to choose from. See the list below:
- Atlantic mackerel
- Canned, light tuna
***Warning: Avoid constant consumption of larger fish to avoid mercury contamination.***
Thanks to many different industries that have polluted our lakes, oceans, and rivers over the years, the risk of mercury contamination from consuming fish has increased significantly.
The reason we are told to avoid eating the larger ones is because they eat the smaller ones that have low traces of mercury in them. The larger fish tend to live longer so they are eating these smaller ones all day and everyday and as a result a higher concentration of mercury builds up within them.
For that reason, you won’t see a shark or a king mackerel on our list above.
The Amount You Should Eat
The recommended amount of consumption varies based on your age and circumstance. Make no mistake, the benefits are suitable to everyone who isn’t allergic. Those benefits derive from the Omega 3s.
Other benefits from Omega 3s include possible protection of your vision in old age, enhanced sleep quality, possible prevention of asthma in kids, and a strong source of vitamin D. The pros of consuming fish applies across the spectrum of ages.
For the average adult, the recommended amount to consume is 8 ounces/ two servings.
If you are a pregnant women, it is recommended that you consume 12 oz of seafood that is low in mercury contamination.
If you are a parent, it is suggested that you feed your children fish, approximately 1-2 times per week at your own discretionary amount.
All in all, it is highly suggested that we all add fish to our diets. Hamburgers, Chicken Sandwiches, and Pulled Pork are delicious but those are not your only food options. Maybe tonight you can try some tuna and let us know how you like it in the comment section below. As always thanks for reading.
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