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No Fish Tale

The stories we tell about fish are neither a tale nor fishy! The health benefits ARE numerous and I loved a MedicalNewsToday headline from June 2017:

Rheumatoid arthritis: Regular fish intake may ease symptoms.

No cures, no claims, no broad sweeping statements. “MAY ease” was also a clue that this was real research. The study published in Arthritis Care & Research was conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

While this was a small study and types of fish were not specified, their results coincide with what we know about fish. For a variety of reasons, fish seems to decrease heart attack and stroke incidence. It MAY be related to its fat content or it MAY be related to its vitamin D content or it MAY be the benefit from some chemical in fish we have not yet isolated. And it just MAY be healthy because we are not eating something else!!

Study participants who ate fish once/month or less had more disease activity while those who ate fish more than twice weekly showed significantly less RA activity. We can’t extrapolate this to osteoarthritis but combined with the cardiovascular benefits, let’s proclaim fish is VERY good for you.

Nutrition Minute readers won’t say “I don’t like fish” because that’s not good thinking but a few of you are thinking, “I like fish, but can’t cook it at home”. But that’s also a “stuck” mentality.

The internet has endless recipes for fish but this link caught my eye for someone needing some inspiration https://greatist.com/eat/healthy-fish-recipes. All types, all cooking methods…

Get “unstuck” and cook fish to be well.

Marcia

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