For Healthy Heart, you should eat more fish! A panel of nutrition experts issued a new scientific advisory that reaffirms the American Heart Association’s recommendation to eat fish that contains Omega-3 fatty acids twice a week to help reduce the risk of various life threatening heart diseases like heart failure, coronary heart disease, cardiac arrest and stroke.
You can read this advice in the American Heart Association’s Journal “Circulation”.
“Since the last advisory on eating fish was issued by the Association in 2002, scientific studies have further established the beneficial effects of eating seafood rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, especially when it replaces less healthy foods such as meats that are high in artery-clogging saturated fat,” Said Eric B. Rimm, Sc. D., Chairman of the American Heart association writing group and professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.
How much Fish should I eat for Healthy Heart?
Association recommends eating two, 100 grams (3.5 ounce) servings of non-fried fish every week. Your emphasis should be on eating oily fish like Salmon, Mackerel, Herring, Lake Trout, Sardines and Albacore Tuna….These are all high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Mercury contamination and Fish for Healthy Heart?
Mercury is found in most seafood; it is more common in large fish such as shark, swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel, bigeye tuna, marlin and orange roughy.
The nutrition experts said that the mercury contamination may be associated with serious neurological problems in newborns, but it does not have adverse effects on heart disease risk in grownups.
Benefits of eating Omega-3 rich fish outweigh any risks of Mercury contamination because you are consuming a variety of seafood.
Environmentally sustainable fish farming techniques can control the mercury contamination and other hazards.
The Dallas based association is the America’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Their official website is heart.org.
Source: American Heart Association scientific advisory