I love to eat fish and I hope all of you do as well. They are considered one of the most important foods for continuing health and wellness. And what’s so phenomenal is that there are so many varieties and of course, so many interesting enjoyable ways to prepare them.
One of the most important reasons for including good amounts of fish in our weekly regimen is that they contain those valuable Omega 3 fats that we always read about. And these are not the fats that you want to cut back on because they contain the fatty acids EPA and DHA which are primarily found in certain fish. ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), another omega-3 fatty acid, is found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds (another plus for the Mediterranean diet).
Know that eating fish containing the beneficial fatty acids twice a week can aid your body in functioning well and could deliver some big health benefits such as:
♥ Great source of protein which is a daily necessity
♥ High in magnesium and many other vital nutrients
♥ Extends the life of all the cells in your body
♥ Improves skin and hair health
♥ Can help lower risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death from heart disease
♥ Fights inflammation – the cause of many ailments including RA
♥ Helps fight depression
♥ Good quality source of Vitamin D
The heart healthy fish that contain these life altering omega 3’s include salmon, tuna, herring, tilapia, anchovies, sardines, and trout. Stick with these for optimum health benefits. And consider that canned fish such as sardines, tuna, and anchovies become such easy meals since all you have to do is open the can, and along with some fresh vegetables, you have a meal that will help you flourish health-wise, and is extremely easy on your pocketbook.
Speaking of sardines, I know that many turn their noses up at the thought of them. However do not discount these little nutritional powerhouses. If you buy the ones containing the bones, don’t throw the bones away, instead eat them, since they contain that beneficial calcium.
If preparing other than canned fish try to choose wild-caught fish rather than farmed. Wild fish tend to have more omega-3s and is less likely to be contaminated with harmful pollutants that can be found in the farmed variety.
Is it any wonder that most nutritional experts have concluded that eating fish is one of the single most important food choices you can make? So take the bait and eat fish at least twice a week in your diet.
This is how you will love life!