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New advisory confirms that eating fish is good for the heart

Studies have consistently shown that eating fish, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, is beneficial to heart health.

Now, the American Heart Association has just released a new advisory that continues to recommend eating fish twice a week, as it could help reduce the risk of stroke, heart failure coronary heart disease, and cardiac arrest.

As heart disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, finding easy preventive measures to incorporate into diets and lifestyles could have a positive impact in lowering the number of deaths attributed to heart disease.

The advisory, which was published in the journal Circulation, discusses how recent studies have confirmed that fish are beneficial in reducing the risk of heart disease since the American Heart Association’s previous statements regarding fish and heart health in 2002.

A panel of nutritional experts reviewed studies about seafood including the risks of eating mercury that is found in fish.

“Since the last advisory on eating fish was issued by the Association in 2002, scientific studies have further established the beneficial effects of eating seafood rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, especially when it replaces less healthy foods such as meats that are high in artery-clogging saturated fat,” said Eric B. Rimm, the lead author of the new advisory.

The American Heart Association recommends eating two 3.5 ounce servings of non-fried fish every week, and oily fish like tuna and salmon are especially good choices because they are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

By Kay Vandette, Staff Writer

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