Seems like every year we are all trying to improve ourselves in some way. For some of us it is exercising more, while for others, it is incorporating more heart- healthy foods into our menu lineup. If you are planning your menus for the next couple of weeks, here are five really good reasons you may want to add fish to your diet.
#1 Fish is Highly Nutritious
According to the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, “Seafood includes vital nutrients needed for health and wellness at all ages, including omega-3s, iron, B and D vitamins, and protein. Fish and shellfish supply the nutrients, vitamins and omega 3s essential for strong bones, brain development, and a healthy heart and immune system. Eating seafood at least twice a week reduces the risk of death from any health-related cause by 17%. The fats found naturally in seafood, omega-3s EPA and DHA, are essential to our health.”
#2 Fish is Delicious
Many people have the false notion that fish has to taste … well – “fishy.” This is not true. Some fish like: tilapia, halibut, grouper, cod have a milder taste that can encourage even the pickiest of eaters to love the delicious flavor of seafood. By simply adding a different marinade or herbs and spices this delicate and flavorful food can be so versatile and to be appealing to all types of tastes.
#3 Fish is Easy to Make
Many fish dishes can be baked, broiled, or grilled in less than 15 minutes making fish an easy go-to meal for busy families. Fish is also very versatile in that it tastes wonderful and holds its nutritional values whether it is frozen or fresh to your table.
#4 Fish Helps Your Body Function Properly
Fish is not only easy to make and incorporate into a menu, but also helps keep your body functions including your liver, brain, and even your sleep working properly. Study after study has shown that fish consumption is associated with a lower risk of fatal and total coronary heart disease. Fish is high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids which can reduce inflammation, help protect your heart, and stave off chronic disease. In addition, the Journal of the American Medical Association, reports that moderate seafood consumption was linked with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.
#5 Fish Brings Your Family Together
There is nothing quite like a meal made with delicious fish that can bring everyone to the table. From breaded fish sticks to lightly glazed salmon fillets, family members will love fish night at your home.
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