It has been common knowledge for quite some time that eating fish is healthy for you, especially for your heart. A new study, published in the May 24 edition of the AHA journalÂ Circulation: Heart Failure,Â has revealed that there is much more to this however,Â since it reveals that how you prepare theÂ fishÂ can change the way it affects your health.
The study followed 84,493 postmenopausal women aged 50Â â€“ 79 from the Womenâ€™s Health Initiative Study over an average of 10 years and found that if they ate at least 5 servings of baked or broiled fish a week, they wouldÂ have 30% less risk to develop heart failure.
WHAT IF ITâ€™S FRIED?
Interestingly enough, though, the study also revealed that if the fish was fried, it would actually become rather unhealthy for you. Eating just 1 serving of fried fish a week was linked to a 48% higher risk of developing heart failure. Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., the chair of preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg, in Evanston, Illinois, says that â€œHow you prepare the fish is just as, if not more, important than the type of fish in terms of seeing benefits.â€
THE TYPE OF FISH IS STILL IMPORTANT, THOUGH
The study also notes that some types of fish appear to be healthier for you than others. Consuming dark and oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, bluefishÂ was associated with a lower risk of heart failure, but tuna fish or white fish such as sole, snapperÂ or cod was not.
Dark fish may contribute to a healthier heart because of their high content of Omega-3 fatty acids. Atlantic salmon, for example, contains roughly 3-6 times as much Omega-3â€™s as cod or sole.
However, the study also estimated each participantâ€™s total Omega-3 intake and found little to no connection between Omega-3â€™s and the reduced risk of heart failure. This could mean that itâ€™s the whole fish, and not just one of its parts, that aids in a healthier heart. Lloyd-Jones adds that â€œpills just donâ€™t have the same benefits. Itâ€™s a mistake to think that we know allÂ the benefits of fish, and clearly not all of those Â benefits come from Omega-3â€™sâ€.
[box type=”important”]The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two 3.5 ounce servings of fish, particularly fatty fish, per week.[/box]