Thursday, July 24, 2008

Fish - The Delicious and Healthy Choice

We have all have heard about how fish is healthy for us. High in protein and vitamins, low in fat and rich in Omega-3, researchers have confirmed that eating fish regularly will help reduce the risk of some diseases and improve one's overall health. In short, eating fish is good for us.

Many of us eat fish in a varity of ways - fish can be steamed, grilled, fried, baked, sauteed. Some people even eat fish raw, that is, sushi. Fish will always taste good if it is prepared correctly, it is also easily digested and does not stress the stomach and digestive system.

Benefits stemming from fish include:

rich in minerals
rich in calcium
high in protein
low in fat
high in Omega-3 fatty acids
rich in vitamins such as B2 and D
rich in iron, zinc, iodine and magnesium

The seas and rivers from which came the fish people ate used to be less contaminated with household and industrial pollutants. Today, the fish we eat contain more mercury because of environmental degradation and pollution. Therefore, it is important that we only eat fish that is of high-quality and without all of the pollutants.

Examples of fish that contain high levels of mercury include shark, swordfish, and king mackeral. Too much mercury in your diet can have a negative effect on your health such as migranes.

Women who are pregnant, or who might become pregnant, nursing mothers are most at risk for mercury poisoning - so they should pay attention to what kind of fish they eat. Also, babies who have been exposed to mercury through their mothers have been thought to be a possible cause of autism in children.

To read an article on how to choose fresh fish, and how to cook it well, please click here.

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