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Many of us have enjoyed a diet including fish for a long time, but it wasn't known until recently just how good fish is for us. Since that discovery fish sales have increased as more and more people decide to reap the benefits. There are a myriad of ways to prepare fish and it's relatively
inexpensive to buy.
Fish is very high in protein, making it a great choice for meals. Not only this, but fish has fewer calories than beef for the same amount of meat. Many people are trying to reduce the amount of calories that they eat but keep up their nutritional intake at the same time. Fish is the perfect food. High in protein, low in calories. Not many foods can boast this. However, you should be wary of using tartar sauce or other high calorie high fat sauces on your fish. Try to stick to herbs and simple marinades.
Not only are fish high in protein, but they are also high in potassium, B-complex vitamins, selenium, iron, and many other trace minerals. Certain species of fatty fish also contain vitamin A and D. Fish is also very low in sodium, making it a very healthy choice. You can see why more and more doctors and nutritionists are recommending that people start eating more fish. Just try to stay away from the breaded, over-processed fish sticks you see in the freezer section of your local grocery store.
With all these benefits, you may be wondering if fish is high in cholesterol, as many other types of meat are. Most fish are relatively low in cholesterol and saturated fats, which makes it much healthier than beef. Some studies have recently shown that certain types of fish can actually help to lower cholesterol.
Fish varieties like the salmon and trout are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the essential fatty acids that the body is in great need of. It is also
found in flax seed oil. Many people take a supplement of the Omega-3 fatty acids to keep themselves well nourished. Supplements can be replaced with these types of fish which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids to get your nutritional supply from a natural source.
Omega-3 has been shown to be beneficial for a variety of health reasons. Some of these include high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, hardening of the arteries,
arthritis, and even hair loss. There are many studies being done about the many positive effects of omega-3 fatty acids. Just one more reason to incorporate fish into your diet.
Fish is inexpensive and is a great source of nutrition, at an affordable cost compared to the high cost you will pay for the supplements. Some fish like the salmon and alibut
are a bit costly but most fish varieties come at an affordable cost. Fish can be prepared very deliciously which will be enjoyed by everyone in the family including
the younger ones.
Fish is definitely a positive choice to make in your menu plans, especially if you're looking for ways to eat healthier foods. One thing to remember though, avoid butter
and cream sauces that will increase the calorie count. Fish is easy to fix and your whole family will welcome the fish meals you start serving them.
Brent Symmonds is the owner and operator of FISH HH, the web's premier resource for information about fish. For questions or comments about this article visit: