Hail the Benefits of Fish
Being a nutrition professional often leads to questions about the most recent diet, the latest food trend, or the best meal plans. One common topic that I’m asked about is fish! Should I eat fish? How much? And what type? Let’s take a look at the facts.
What about Mercury?
Nearly all fish contain mercury, no matter the source. However, some fish are higher in mercury than others such as king mackerel, shark, and swordfish. Fish low in mercury and high in omega-3 fatty acids (heart-healthy fats) include salmon, sardines, trout, pollock, trout, cod, and haddock.
The bottom line? You shouldn’t avoid fish because of mercury - just look for fish that are low in mercury!
Wild or Farmed?
Canned Versus Frozen
Always remember to buy seafood from reputable sources and avoid frozen seafood with ice-crystals, which could be a sign of thawing and refreezing. If you are buying fresh fish, it should not have an icy or fishy smell. Check out Seafood Health Facts to learn more about the proper handling and storage of seafood.
Things To Keep in Mind
Quick Meal Ideas
Anytime Salmon Patties
Nutrition Facts per Serving (2 patties): 220 calories, 20g carbs, 3g fiber, 5g fat, 27g protein, 350mg sodium
Creamy Mint Dressing
Nutrition Facts per 1/3 cup serving: 60 calories, 7g carbs, 2g fiber, 1.5g fat, 4.5g protein, 180mg sodium
~Sadaf Ijaz, Dietetic Intern
1/7/2020 06:09:21 pm
My cousin and I have been thinking about eating healthier and we want to start by adding more seafood into our diets. We would love to get some that is prepared by a professional so that we get the best nutrition possible. I liked what you said about how we should mostly eat trout, salmon, sardines, or herring because they are high in omega 3 fatty acids.
4/6/2020 11:48:14 am
Thank you for informing me that fish high in omega3 fatty acids can be an important part of a healthy diet. About a week ago, I was talking to my sister, and she mentioned that she has been craving seafood. I really want southern-style food because it reminds me of my grandmother's cooking. I wonder if we can look for restaurants in our area that can fulfill both of our cravings!
12/15/2020 10:29:11 am
It's interesting that you mention that eating fish is a great way to add protein to your diet. I've been looking for a healthy way to consume more protein, so I'm thinking about having some gourmet seafood delivered to my house. I'm going to search for a good business in my area that can deliver some gourmet seafood for me.
12/30/2020 08:58:35 pm
It is wonderful that this post pointed out that right off the bat, one of the amazing benefits of fishing is that we will have fresh produce. My brothers and I are planning to go fishing. While we are at it, I will ask their input on having a barbeque immediately after to feast upon our catch.
3/9/2021 07:15:17 pm
I appreciated it when you shared that eating fish offers a lot of health benefits that can help support brain and eye function in children. My sister just mentioned the other day that she is thinking of taking her son on a fishing trip so she can let her son enjoy the activity as much as he enjoys eating fish. I will suggest to her looking for a reliable service that can bring them to the trip.
4/2/2021 11:40:01 am
It's cool that you mention that fish can be a wonderful source of omega-3. I want to get more omega-3 in my diet, so I'm thinking about going to a Chinese restaurant tonight and ordering some fish. I'm going to look for a good Chinese restaurant in my area that serves fish.
5/5/2021 11:24:23 am
My brother has been thinking about eating some more fish because it will allow him to be more healthy, and have a better diet. He would really like to get the fish from a professional in order to make sure that he won't get any diseases. I liked what you said about how trout, herring, sardine, and salmon because it has the highest fatty acids for 8-12 ounces of fish every week.
7/25/2021 08:53:17 pm
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10/21/2021 09:14:07 pm
Thanks for pointing out that fish is a great source of vitamins and minerals. This is helpful because I will be fishing next weekend to relax and unwind. I am hoping to find women's fishing clothing on Monday that I can wear comfortably during my two-day vacation.
10/27/2021 05:45:58 am
I love how you mentioned that fish is a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids so it supports the brain and eye function in children. My 8 year old daughter has been telling me that she wants to eat some seafood. I think will look for seafood restaurants so that I can bring her there during the weekend and can fulfill her cravings.
1/2/2022 09:22:44 pm
I find it convenient that regularly eating fish could help improve your brain and vision! My friend is looking for a new diet to try out before this pandemic ends. Maybe he should try out fishing so he can try eating them fresh!
7/8/2022 06:35:36 am
Thank you for explaining that eating fish can help reduce the risk of stroke. Reading your post made me crave fish tacos. I better look for a restaurant near my place that serves healthy fish tacos.
10/31/2022 01:19:43 pm
I love how you talk about how eating seafood in moderation can give great health benefits. I've recently realized that I like a lot of seafood and I want to try it more often. My partner and I have been trying to find good places where we could get some dishes to try.
1/9/2023 02:40:08 pm
It's very helpful to know that we'd retain more nutrients by eating seemed or baked fish. Last week, my sister got out of surgery and is following a strict diet to achieve a successful recovery. We want to celebrate my sister's surgery by taking her out to a restaurant, so we'll remember to ask for a steamed fish just for her. We appreciate your advice on eating fish in appropriate servings to enjoy all of their benefits.
1/16/2023 02:17:01 am
I appreciate your words on seafood. Seafood is low in saturated fats, high in protein, and having necessary nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, and B vitamins. People aware of things do not hesitate to cook seafood in their kitchen or order at their favorite seafood restaurant. Some restaurants also love to host guests with a wide number of seafood dishes like the Petone restaurant.
2/10/2023 06:20:23 pm
I’m glad you talked that protein and minerals are the nutrients that fish would provide for your body. This Sunday, my spouse and I will celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary. I want to surprise her with a perfect seafood restaurant dinner for our oyster and shrimp cravings. I appreciate the tips about choosing seafood. I’ll call seafood restaurants to see if I can make a reservation.
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