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Old Fish Wives Tales – or are they

The news is full of articles about which fish can effect Heart Failure and it is how you cook it.

Ok this is a simple exercise and we want to make this very clear which will help sort out any confusion.

It is true that eating fish helps in reduction of chances of heart failure but for correct results you need to eat the right kind of fish and cooked correctly. Eating fish is linked to a reduced risk of heart failure in older women, a study has shown.

But we are sorry to say that the research does not make a case for traditional British fish and chips. Only baked or grilled fish are associated with health benefits – not fried fillets. Consuming fried fish, even once a week, was actually linked to a 48% higher risk of heart failure. Scientists in the US studied the eating habits of a large group of more than 84,000 post-menopausal women with an average age of 63. They found that women who ate five or more helpings of baked or grilled fish a week had a 30% lower risk of heart failure than those who ate less than one a month. The research also showed that “dark fish” including salmon and mackerel was significantly more beneficial than tuna or white fish, such as cod and haddock. “Not all fish are equal, and how you prepare it really matters,” said lead study author Professor Donald Lloyd-Jones, from Northwestern University in Chicago. “When you fry fish, you not only lose a lot of the benefits, you likely add some things related to the cooking process that are harmful.” Participants were all enrolled into a large US health and lifestyle investigation called the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study. Women provided information about their diets for an average of 10 years, during which 1,858 cases of heart failure were recorded. The findings, reported in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure, may point to indirect associations, the study found.

Prof Lloyd-Jones said: “Baking or grilling fish and eating it frequently seem to be part of a dietary pattern that is very beneficial for a number of things.

“In this case, we demonstrated that it’s associated with heart failure prevention. This suggests that fish is a very good source of lean protein that we ought to be increasing as a proportion of our diet and decreasing foods that contain less healthy saturated and trans fats.”

So simply put –

Try not to eat fried fish and that includes the battered variety

Try and increase your intake of oily fishes like mackarel, herrings, salmon and other dark fish due to the nutrient element.

Fish like Tuna, Cod, Haddock and other white fish don’t have the signicant beneficial elements that dark fish does but it of course is still healthy

Either Grill, poach or bake the fish ot sneaking in those fried fish.

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