Why You Should Eat Fish Regularly

Mary Ellen Kelly, RD

They say you should eat fish twice per week… Well, who are “they” and where did this recommendation come from, anyway?

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, produced by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and supported by the American Heart Association (AHA), recommends fish as a heart-healthy protein full of the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA, eicosapentaenoic acid, and DHA, docosahexaenoic acid. Omega-3s like EPA and DHA can reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol and, as such, are associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Critically, according to the National Institutes of Health, research indicates that Omega-3 supplements do NOT reduce the risk of heart disease. There’s just no substitute for fish! Richly-flavored fish such as salmon, trout, herring, and mackerel have the highest Omega-3 content, so if you’re not a big fan of oily fish or strong fish flavors, try using salmon or mackerel as a substitute for cod or haddock in one of our full-flavor recipes, like Brazilian moqueca.

Looking for a simple seafood solution? North Coast Seafoods offers Ocean-Raised Norwegian Salmon and Wild Alaskan Salmon as part of their high quality, sustainable, flash-frozen Naked Seafood line.

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