Fish is one of those things that you either love or hate. I’m a big fan of it, but I know lots of people stay well away. Usually, people don’t like fish because of the smell, and I think it just freaks them out a little bit. But, fish is genuinely one of the best things to cook and eat. So, if you’re someone who avoids it, then here’s some reasons to start trying it more.
Packed full of nutrients
All types of fish are packed full of essential nutrients that are beneficial to the human body. This includes a host of vitamins – mainly vitamin D. This is something most people lack. Hence, it’s great to eat more fish to avoid being deficient. You also have a high-protein content in most types of fish – particularly salmon and tuna. A tin of tuna will give you nearly 30g of protein, which is amazing if you’re working out and looking to build muscle.
Such a diverse thing to cook
So many foods can be incredibly boring and bland. Fish isn’t one of them. There are so many different types of fish and loads of ways to cook them. If you’re not a fan of the typical fishy taste, then you can do things to your fish to make it taste different. Here’s a really good homemade salmon and brine recipe that tastes incredibly smokey and doesn’t feel like you’re eating fish at all. You can add fish to curries, tacos, or even deep fry it. Granted, the last option isn’t quite as healthy, but it shows the diversity available when cooking meals. You could have three fish-based meals a week, and they’d all be completely different.
Good for your brain
There are countless studies linking fish with brain health. It all comes down to the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. This is the best food source for this nutrient! People who eat a lot of fish are believed to have much healthier brains. In turn, the risk of problems like dementia and Alzheimers is much lower than normal. Your memory will improve, which is why so many people call fish “brain food!”
Lowers the risk of heart disease
Similarly, fish can reduce the chances of developing heart disease. Once more, it’s all thanks to the omega-3! This is proven to help lower your cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and ward off chronic diseases. The effects are enhanced if you swap out red meat for fish during some of your dinners. A lot of red meats are believed to have the opposite effect and increase the chances of having heart disease.
The bottom line is that fish is an excellent thing to add to your diet. Think about all the health benefits you get from this wonderful thing. If you’ve never liked the taste of fish, then there are ways around it. As I mentioned earlier, it’s one of the best things to cook as it can take on loads of flavors and be used in various ways. Aim for at least one fish meal per week, and you’ll start to see a host of benefits.