Make a Healthier You By Choosing the Right Type of Fish

Many of us New Englanders are seafood lovers and enjoy a good cut of fish for dinner. I personally don’t discriminate between types of fish because I seem to love them all, but a recent article written in the “Everyday Health” column on my Yahoo page made me rethink what type of fish I should be ordering.

In general, fish is super beneficial for keeping you healthy and is a great source of lean yet potent protein. Adding fish into your regular diet helps to keep your heart strong, your brain healthy, and eyesight sharp. Research studies have shown that fish can help sustain normal blood pressure levels, support healthy triglyceride levels, manage risks of heart disease, and positively impact brain function and cognitive development. Who wouldn’t want those rewarding goodies?  

I’m about to get a little fancy on you… researchers have found that the super fatty fish are more beneficial to your health than others. This is because fatty fish contain higher levels of eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA), which are fancy names for “fish loaded with long-chain omega-3s!” I’m sure you’ve heard before how great Omega-3s are for you!

Now to the good stuff: which fish is the fish for you?

Healthiest of fishies:

·       Herring

·       Salmon

·       Mackerel (not King Mackerel)

·       Tuna (wild Bluefin – canned)

·       Sardines

·       Trout

Swim past these fishies:

·       Shark

·       Swordfish

·       Tilefish

·       King Mackerel

Last but not least, if you’re not a fan of fish, you can still get all the awesome benefits of EPA and DHA through fish-oil pills found at your local drugstore.