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Learn More About Seafood in Your Community for CCEW 2018
Fish is Brain Food!
Fish are among the healthiest foods on the planet. Fish are high in many important nutrients, including high-quality protein, iodine, and various minerals and vitamins, such as vitamin D. Fish are also the world’s best source of omega-3 fatty acids that are very important for your body, eyes, and brain.
Eating fish is linked to reduced decline in brain function in old age. People who eat fish regularly also have more “grey matter” in the parts of the brain that control memory and emotion. No wonder many people say that fish is brain food!
Eating fish also has been linked to reduced risk of type-1 diabetes and a lower risk of developing asthma in children. Eating at least one serving of fish per week has been linked to reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes, two of the world’s leading causes of death. People who eat more fish also have a lower risk of developing macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision impairment and blindness.
Some fish, however, are known to contain high levels of methyl mercury, a harmful form of mercury, and should be avoided by pregnant women and children. Most of the fish which pregnant women and children need to avoid are higher in the food chain, because these fish bioaccumulate and biomagnify methyl mercury in seawater.
Also, some fish species are being overfished and are not at sustainable levels. We want everyone to enjoy delicious fish for generations to come!
Overall, fish are delicious and easy to prepare, and eating fish 1-2 times per week is considered enough to get all the benefits. If possible, choose wild-caught fish over farmed fish. Wild fish tend to have more omega-3s and are less likely to be contaminated with harmful pollutants. Nevertheless, all types of fish are good for you!
Organize a Trip to Your Local Grocery Store or Seafood Market
Go to your local grocery store or a seafood market and see what you can learn. Here are some questions you could ask:
- What kinds of seafood are available?
- Where does it come from?
- Are the fish wild-caught or farmed?
- Is the seafood fresh or frozen?
- What are the healthiest kinds of seafood to eat?
Written by George Fisher, Ph.D., who is a Professor of Chemistry at Barry University in Miami, Florida.