Postdate: 15 November 2017
Fish contains important fatty acids such as omega-3 which your body cannot produce itself. This is essential for a healthy and varied diet. Below you can read more about the health benefits attributed to fish.
1. Improving cognitive functions
The fatty acids from fish are important for various brain functions, such as concentration, memory, motor abilities, and mood. One of these fatty acids from fish is omega-3. There are only a few food products that are rich in omega-3, so the general guideline is to eat fish twice a week.
2. Good for the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular system)
Various studies have shown that omega-3 slows down the 'depositing of fat' in the vascular wall and that it also has a retardant effect on the blood clotting. This reduces the chance of getting cardiovascular diseases. An amount of 0.2 grams of omega-3 per day would already diminish that chance considerably.
3. A source of vitamins and proteins.
We are familiar with the fatty fish in sushi. Remember that fatty fish contains a lot of vitamins and minerals. These include the vitamins A, B2, B6, B12, D, and minerals such as iodine and selenium. Fat fish also contains a large amount of protein. Read more about the benefits of proteins in our blogs.
4. Fast and healthy
Last but not least: fish contains more unsaturated fat than meat, is easy and quick to cook, and there are so many ways to prepare fish. Fish can be eaten either cooked in any way or raw. You can have it on a cracker, in a salad, or use them in a stir-fry dish.
When you eat some type of fatty fish once a week, you already get the daily recommended dose of omega-3. Besides that, you benefit from all the other healthy substances in fish. Alternate fried fish with fatty fish, such as sardines, anchovies, trout, herring, eel, tuna, salmon, and mackerel.