You might find it odd that people in Bengal, Assam and the coastal regions of India eat fish for almost all their meals, and you might even have made fun of them for loving fish so much. But the fact remains that fish is one of the healthiest foods you can depend on.
Yes, there’s a definite flavour-factor attached to eating fish. It doesn’t matter if you’re having large fish like rahu or bhetki, or small ones like mackerels and sardines, every sort of fish packs quite a punch of flavours. Fish is also very easy to cook, because its flesh cooks quite fast. You can fry it, grill it, poach it, steam it, bake it or boil it–fish always comes out tasting brilliant, and pairs well with everything from rice to rotis.
But set aside that taste quotient, and you’ll find that fish has much more going for it. It can contribute to your health in ways that you might have heard of. Here are a few reasons why you should definitely have fish every day:
1. The good fat
Unlike other food groups, the fatty types of fish (salmon, trout, sardines, tuna and mackerel) are actually the best for your health. That’s because fish is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, the good fat. These fatty acids are extremely important for the proper function of the brain and eyes, which is why it is also recommended to expecting mothers.
2. Healthy heart
Because of the absence of saturated fats in fish, it is highly-recommended for your heart health. Cholesterol, one of the biggest enemies of heart health, can be kept at bay if you indulge in fish regularly, instead of other sources of protein, like chicken, mutton and lamb. Including fish in your diet is the best thing you can do to keep cardiovascular diseases at bay.
3. The best source of vitamin
Fish is a natural source of vitamin D. In fact, it is chock full of it. What you basically need vitamin D for is to help your body absorb all other sorts of nutrients, and to maintain overall health. Eating fish aids this need of the body, so you should definitely depend on this food for vitamin D.
5. Low risk of major diseases
If you eat fish regularly, you can keep the risk of autoimmune diseases like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis at bay. Fish is a one-stop source of so many vital nutrients that it can maintain a healthy balance in your body, and help fight all sorts of major diseases.
Apart from these benefits, eating fish can also improve your metabolism, sleep quality, skin quality, concentration and alleviate inflammation. With so many health benefits, and the flavour-factor attached, there are enough reasons for you to start indulging in fish for the rest of your life.