Eating fish containing high levels of omega-3 fatty acids reduces the risk of heart attack and heart related sudden death. The risk of heart disease decreases by 7 percent for every 20 grams of fish consumed per day. This information has caused explosive growth in the fishing industry.
Unfortunately, people are gravitating toward less healthy farmed fish, such as tilapia, because it is inexpensive. A wake Forest University study found that farm raised tilapia is high in arachidonic acid, an omega -6 fatty acid. Which causes inflammation linked to heart disease, blood vessel damage and cell aging. To make matters worse, tilapia contains few heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which is one of the reasons for eating more fish in the first place.
Fish high in omega-3s include mackerel, trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon.
The take home message here is that fish is healthy for you as long as you eat the right kind.
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