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Off the Hook!

Who likes fish?! I like fish….NOW. Up until maybe 5 years ago, I couldn’t stand eating fish.

Today, I’m still a little picky about the fish I choose, but there are a few “rules” I do follow for myself.

  1. It has to be fresh from a fish market. I typically pick it up on the day I am going to make it.

  2. It has to be a light, flaky white fish. For me, most of what I don’t like has to do with texture. This type of fish works for me and I can make it in so many different and healthy ways.

  3. My go to fishes are Cod and Chilean Sea Bass. Of course, I like shellfish too, but today’ I am going to discuss the benefits of non shellfish.

So, what are the benefits of fish?

Fish is a very important part of a healthy diet. Fish and other seafood are the major sources of healthful long-chain omega-3 fats and are also rich in other nutrients including vitamin D and selenium. Fish is also high in protein and low in saturated fat.

In numerous studies of people who incorporate fish into their diets have found the following :

  • Reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes

  • Slower rates of mental decline

  • Less depression.Numerous controlled trials have revealed that omega-3 fatty acids may fight depression and significantly increase the effectiveness of antidepressant medications. mega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in fish, may also aid other mental conditions, such as bipolar disorder.

  • Essential for growth and development, especially for brain and eye development.

It's often recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women eat omega-3 fatty acids, some fish are high in mercury which is linked to brain developmental problems. Therefore according to many studies, pregnant women should only eat low-mercury fish, such as salmon, sardines, and trout, and no more than 12 ounces per week. They should also avoid raw and uncooked fish because it may contain microorganisms that can harm the fetus. ALWAYS consult your OBGYN about foods to eat and to avoid during pregnancy.

So, here is my suggestion...if you are on the fence about eating fish, try it anyway. There are so many great benefits and so many great recipes out there. If I went 40 years not liking it and now I do, then I’m guessing there are a lot of you out there who may change your minds too.

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