Fish is a high-protein, low-fat food that provides a range of health benefits. Fish can provide sources of protein, vitamin B, vitamin D, trace minerals and essential omega-3 fatty acids, which are lacking in most diets. For adults, at least two servings (3 oz. each) of omega-3 rich fish a week is recommended. Omega-3 fatty acids lower your risk of heart disease mainly by lowering triglycerides and countering inflammations. Since the human body can’t make significant amounts of these essential nutrients, fish is an important part of a healthy diet. Oily fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids or “good” fats.
The Mayo Clinic online states that fish has the same amount or more protein and less saturated fats, cholesterol and calories than red meats or poultry. Fish is also low in the “bad” fats commonly found in red meat, called omega-6 fatty acids. White fleshed fish are lower in fat than any other source of animal protein.
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