Are you eating enough fish? Probably not. In fact, Americans eat less than half the amount of fish recommended by the USDA’s dietary guidelines. Recently, two major international humanitarian organizations called for increased knowledge of the benefits of eating fish. The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization along with the World Health Organization are asking governments to make citizens aware of the benefits of eating seafood for heart and brain health and the negative consequences of diets that do not include fish.
Fish is a high-quality protein and an important source of the omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. Omega-3s promote heart health and maintain healthy blood pressure, nourish the brain and joints and support mood and emotional health. Omega-3s are found in all fish, but are more prevalent in fatty fish like salmon, trout, sardines, herring, mackerel, tuna and oysters.