January 2, 2011

Fried Fish Shown To Increase Strokes In The South

Posted in Heart disease tips, New Heart Studies tagged , , , , , , at 1:31 am by keepyourhearthealthy

Eating fish is healthy for your body, right?  Think again. 

A new study is showing that people in the southern United States who consumed more fish weekly were actually more likely to have a stroke.  How could that be possible given that all the major health organizations (such as the American Heart Association) have recommended at least 2 servings of fish per week in order to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke?  Most people have overlooked the fine print though.  Southerners who ate more fish were found to be eating the wrong kind of fish altogether!  They tended to eat fried fish instead of the healthy baked or grilled omega-3 filled fish.  Frying fish removes it of it’s healthy nutrients and adds unhealthy fat from the frying oil.

In order to eat a healthy diet, fish is highly recommended for the fact that it contains omega-3 fatty acids.  This is pretty much the BIGGEST reason fish is considered healthy.  See this previous article about why Omega-3’s are important and what foods have them.  Some types of fish contain a lot of omega-3’s while others have very little.    Salmon, tuna, halibut and anchovy are examples of fish that have the highest amount of omega-3 fatty acids. 

While grilled salmon may be offered at places like Long John Silver’s and Captain D’s, it is not the most popular item on the menu.  Their specialty is fried white fish which is high calorie and very high in the bad fats.  One piece of battered white fish at Long John Silver’s has 16 grams of total fat, 4 grams of saturated fat and 4.5 grams of the really bad for you trans fats.  What tiny amount of omega-3’s are left over after the frying process cannot possibly cancel out the amount of bad fats found in the fried white fish.  So think twice before you feel good about eating a piece of fish for dinner.  It has to be a healthy piece of fish like grilled salmon or tuna in order to get the desired health benefits.  Check out this super-easy recipe for salmon if you’re looking for a healthy meal.

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