When you’re making lifestyle changes aimed at weight loss and improved health, one of the dietary suggestions you’ll likely see over and over again is to eat fish several times per week. If you’re asking yourself, “What’s the big deal about fish?” consider the following health benefits of consuming the Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish:
- Plays a role in blood clotting and vessel constriction, helping to maintain cardiovascular health
- Helps to prevent cardiac arryhthmia (irregular heartbeat)
- Promotes neurological health
- Reduces tissue inflammation, possibly alleviating the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
- Reduces depression and prevents neurological decline in older people
Of course, not all fish are created equally. Some can be high in environmental contaminants like mercury, and there are ecological concerns about the production and consumption of certain species. The following types of fish are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, but also considered the most eco-friendly and lowest in contaminants:
- Wild Alaskan salmon
- Farmed rainbow trout
- Arctic char
- Atlantic mackerel
- Albacore tuna from the U.S. and Canada
Aside from Omega-3 fatty acid, fish is high in protein and low in “bad” fats such as those found in red meat. A diet high in protein helps to maintain blood sugar levels, prevent cravings for sugary foods, and helps build lean muscle tissue. At the same time, many sources of protein can contain a little too much of the “bad” fats that we want to eliminate from our diets. But fish is a very lean protein. This makes fish the perfect food for anyone who wants to lose weight, balance their metabolism, and promote better health in general.
As you begin or continue your weight loss journey, include fish in your regular diet several times per week. Research and try new recipes to keep it interesting,and of course, remember that deep frying any food adds calories and reduces its benefits to your diet.