Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Study: Benefits Outweigh Risks of Fish

Once again, fish is grabbing health headlines from the ABC World News to The Washington Post and everything in between.

What sparked the recent interest are two studies: one showing the health benefits of fish outweigh the risks to eating it and another that shows fish lowers death rates associated to heart disease by 36 percent. The studies were released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and Harvard School of Public Health, respectively.

While the news is good, experts suggest limiting fish consumption to two servings per week, and mixing up the type of fish your eating. Fish that eat other fish (like swordfish, tuna and shark) should be eaten least frequently. Besides, two servings of fatty fish (like salmon or mackerel) per week are enough to get the health benefits.

Fatty fish, of course, is high in omega-3 fatty acids which promote heart health heart and other health benefits. Unfortunately, fish absorb pollutants from the water like mercury and PCBs.

Remarkably, the IOM study concluded that the risks of toxic exposure are countered by the benefits of omega-3s even in pregnant women.

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