So why do I want to eat more fish? People who have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or prone to heart disease are told to eat more fish, but why? Fish unlike land animals like chicken, turkey, or cattle are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. One important difference is fresh fish from the sea have much higher amounts of health fatty acids than farm fish grown for food.
As we look at fish they have many advantages over chicken or beef. First, compared to total calories, fish are an excellent source of protein, vitamin b, and low amounts of saturated fats. It is the saturated fat in beef that causes the high cholesterol and heart disease. Though fish has low amounts of saturated fats, it is the fish oils loaded with super healthy fats or omega-3 fatty acids that give fish its premier protein status. Omega-3 fatty acids support brain, immune system, and retina function.
One key advantage to omega-3 fatty acids is the calming effect on your immune system and arties. Through stress and cholesterol your arties can become inflamed and omega-3 fatty acids can support in keeping the inflammation at bay so it doesn’t lead to heart disease.
Through research scientists have been able to correlate diets high in omega-3 fatty acids with lower chances of sudden deaths from heart attacks and heart disease. During a 17 year study those men who did die of a heart attack had lower levels than the men that didn’t succumb to any sudden death. The research did show a statistical analysis that eating fish can keep you from having a heart attack. There are obviously other risks factors though adding fresh fish to your diet is going to give yourself a fighting chance.
More research looking at already high risk for heart disease people to see if fish oils would prevent heart disease as well. The study found that those using fish oil supplements either were able to prevent having a heart attack or prolonged the time before a heart attack than those high risk individuals who didn’t no consume any omega-3 fish oils.
The Mediterranean Diet is high in fish for protein. The Mediterranean Diet is good for this reason. It works well in getting people to eat fish as a staple of their protein consumption. The Live Lean Today nutrition plans allow you to add fish or other lean proteins as you chose to while working to make sure your metabolism is raised. Our goal with the diet plan is to be able to work with you on where your lifestyle is at as we build toward greater health choices.