Is Fish Good For You?
What Are The Benefits of Eating Fish?
There are 32,000 species of fish out there, and many believe
that they are amongst some of the healthiest foods on the
But is there truth to that statement?
Well, as always, we’ll explore the facts first,
and then take it from there.
Why Eating Fish Is Good For You!
1. RICH IN OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are immensely widespread and include improved heart health, reduced inflammation (inflammation is the predominant cause of a wide range of diseases including asthma, heart disease, cancer, gut disorders, arthritis to name but a few), anti-depressant qualities, improved brain function, and lower incidence of memory loss.
2. RICH IN PROTEIN
Fish contain all of the essential amino acids, and is an excellent protein source.
3. FISH BOOSTS METABOLISM
Fish is rich in iodine. Iodine is essential for thyroid function, and
the thyroid gland is the main organ that regulates metabolic rate
(i.e., how much fat you burn during the day).
4. IMPROVES TESTOSTERONE PRODUCTION
Fish (including fish oils) are the best dietary sources of Vitamin D. Most people in UK (and USA) don’t get enough Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a precursor to testosterone.
5. REDUCES ASTHMA IN CHILDREN
Children who eat fish are less likely to develop asthma.
6. REDUCES RISK OF DEMENTIA
Seniors eating fish at least once a week have a lower chance of dementia.
What Are The Downsides of Eating Fish?
Waste and Pesticides
Mercury can be found in thermometers, silver dental fillings, thermostats, and fluorescent lights (aswell as other products). The mercury is relatively safe in these circumstances but is released when it ends up in a landfill.
Mercury becomes ‘Methylmercury’ when it reacts with bacteria in the presence ofwater. Unfortunately, fish absorb methylmercury and when it does, it binds to protein within the fish muscle, and remains there even after it’s cooked.Methylmercury, in high amounts, can adversely affect the brain and nervous system.
Heavy metals (mainly lead and mercury) have entered a lot of our water supplies (including oceans, rivers, lakes, etc.)
Mercury consumption can affect our central nervous system making us feel more run down, weaker and fatigued. Moreover, it takes 18 months to rid the body of mercury. Children should not consume too much fish (especially mercury-rich fish). This is because their brain and nervous systems are still developing.
Fish can also absorb organic chemicals (including PCBs, dioxins, and DDT) from water. These chemicals come from factories.
Because they’re dense in nature, the fish that do become
contaminated tend to be bottom-dwelling fish (such as shark, or swordfish).
Like mercury, they can adversely affect our nervous system.
Unlike mercury, however, which can take 18 months to leave the
body, these chemicals can take up to 8 years to leave the body!!
Does That Mean Kids (and Adults) Should Not Eat Fish??
NOT AT ALL!!
Quite simply, the benefits far exceed the disadvantages.
However we should be aware of how much we, and more so our children, consume.
But, more importantly, we should be cognisant of the types of fish we eat.