Q: Your newsletter often states the advantages of omega-3 fatty acids. But how much fish should I consume to benefit?


Answer :Both the American Heart Association and the 2005 federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend consuming at least two servings of fish per week for heart health. The dietary guidelines, whose fish recommendation specifically targets people who have already experienced a cardiac event, go on to spell out that two servings should total approximately eight ounces. Not just any fish will do for omega-3s, however: Its best to go with dark-fleshed fish, such as salmon, trout or tuna, advises Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at Tufts Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Fried fish fillets dont count, due to the low omega-3 levels in the type of fish usually used, added calories that come from the cooking process and the potential for trans fats from the type of fat used to fry the fish in.


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