14. Fatty Fish
Fatty, or oily, fish includes trout, salmon, mackerel, sardines, eel, herring and tuna. They’re often considered one of the healthiest foods available and surprisingly, it’s their fat content that gives them this accolade. The natural oil content of oily fish makes them such a healthy choice and these healthy fats are called omega-3 fatty acids which are known to reduce inflammation in the body.
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats and they also help to lower the risk of heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Oily fish is also beneficial for cognitive function as the EPA and DHA fatty acids help to protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The high omega-3 content can also help fight depression and is important for improving memory.
Which is all pretty amazing! But as well as this, oily fish are rich in complete protein, which helps to keep us full after each meal, meaning that we’ll be less likely to reach for the snack cupboard, meaning that we’ll ultimately consume fewer calories and lose weight.
The best choices for fatty fish are verified sustainable fisheries so you know you’re getting the cleanest choices possible. It’s recommended that we consume at least two servings of oily fish per week.
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