Should You Eat More Fish?
By Lana Bandoim
Imagine a menu includes chicken, steak, fish and tofu as the main course options. This decision may not be easy to make, but time is limited, so you can only pick one. Which one would you choose, and should the fish be a top choice?
Mercury and other pollutants are a big concern for people who avoid fish. They worry about the contaminants in seafood and their impact on health. Environmental concerns are also a problem. Many people avoid seafood because they are worried about unsustainable oceans and overfishing. Others are concerned about food poisoning and cooking fish properly.
There are lists of fish that are considered safer because they tend to have less mercury. For example, Atlantic mackerel, shrimp, salmon and sardines are on the list. Tuna and black cod are also generally considered safe. Bigger fish are at a higher risk of contamination from mercury and other pollutants. This means you may want to avoid eating shark, swordfish and other large fish.
There are many health benefits linked to eating more fish. First, they are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids that may lower the risk of heart disease and other health problems. Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids can help people who suffer from arthritis, depression, asthma and other illnesses.
Fish also have Vitamin D and other nutrients. They are usually low in fat and high in protein. Eating more fish may improve cardiovascular health, brain function and moods. Several studies show that eating more fish can influence sleep and make it better.
Some people are worried about eating raw or undercooked fish because they have heard horror stories about food poisoning. However, fish can be cooked safely in restaurants or at home. Most fish should be cooked until the temperature is 145 degrees Fahrenheit inside them. The final product should be opaque instead of clear. The cooked fish should also be flaky and easy to separate with a fork. Avoid eating raw seafood and find out how it is prepared.
When you are staring at a menu and see fish on the list, consider picking one of the safe options such as salmon. Not only will you get the health benefits of eating more fish, but it will also be a delicious choice. You may even convince the rest of the table to make the same decision.
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