Are you a fellow fish lover? Do you love trying new varieties, and exploring new and exciting ways of cooking fish? Are you aware of the seemingly endless health benefits fish has to offer?
Fish has been a staple in coastal communities’ diets for centuries and for good reason. The health benefits of fish vary by size, type and origin. Almost all fish are loaded with high quality protein, various vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D, and are an excellent source of fat-based nutrients. But not all fish are created equal.
Benefits of Fish
Cold water fish, such as salmon, trout and mackerel, are fattier, and have higher levels of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain higher levels of fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamin D, which many people are deficient in. Because of this, cold water fish tend to be regarded as the “healthiest” fish to eat, but if you happen to enjoy other fish such as flounder and tuna, don’t worry. You’ll still be consuming a high-quality protein source, rich in many nutrients.
If you eat fish 2-3 times a week, you may see any number of the following health benefits:
- Reduction in your risk for heart disease.
- Increase in vitamin D levels.
- Decrease risk in age-related decline in cognitive functioning.
- Protection against a possible decline in vision.
- Prevention against the risk of ADHD, diabetes and depression.
The question you may be asking yourself now is, how do I properly prepare this nutrient-packed food? With so many different types of fish, the list of preparing is endless. One of the most common mistakes in preparing a fish dish is overcooking. Fish is a very delicate protein, and often cooks much quicker than other proteins you may be used to cooking such as chicken or beef.
4 Tips For Cooking Fish:
- Cook fish until it changes to an opaque color, not when it begins to fall apart.
- When grilling, cook off of the direct heat to allow for even cooking.
- If sautéing, allow to become slightly firm before flipping.
- Attempt to cook fresh fish within the same day.
Get creative when cooking with fish! There are so many different ways to cook it, explore some options and see what suits you best. With the warmer weather finally here, try out some new grilling recipes and vastly improve your health at the same time!
Your turn to take action: What’s your favorite fish to eat? How do you like to cook it? Let me know in the comments below!