Magazine article Work & Family Life

Catching the Healthy Benefits of Fish

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Catching the Healthy Benefits of Fish

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The evidence is conclusive and clear. People who eat fish live longer and enjoy lower risks Ш of heart disease-and may even boost their brain health.

Fish is the best source of hearthealthy omega-3 fats as well as vitamins and minerals that work with the omega-3s. Plus, if you're eating more fish, chances are you're eating less red meat.

How fish reduces the risk of coronary problems is not entirely clear. Research in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that the omega-3s in fish oil help prevent arrhythmias and blood clots, reduce inflammation, make arteries more flexible and reduce blood pressure, among other benefits.

A best way to eat fish?

The Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program ranks fish choices for sustainability and safety from contaminants. Here are the "Super Green" choices:

ATLANTIC MACKEREL, net caught from Canadian and U.S. waters.

PACIFIC SARDINES, wild caught.

SALMON, wild caught from Alaska, both fresh and canned,

FRESHWATER COHO SALMON, farmed in U.S. tank systems.

Two choices listed as "Good" are:

ALBACORE TUNA from the U.S. or British Columbia and SABLE fish/

BLACK COD from Alaska and the Canadian Pacific

TILAPIA, a farmed fish, is rated a "Best Choice" when it is raised in recirculating systems, ponds or artificial channels called raceways. …

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