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How Much of the Fat in Fish Is Good?

Learn how much of the fat in fish is good fat from nutrition expert Alex Jamieson in this Howcast video.


Some of the fat in fish is really good for you and some of it isn't. And it really depends on what kind and what quality of fish you're consuming. So when you think about wild caught salmon or wild sardines, those are the kinds of fish that are really high in Omega 3, mono and poly unsaturated fats. Those are the kinds of fats that lower your triglycerides, lower your blood pressure, lower the bad cholesterol in your body. That's great. But, you need to make sure it's the right kind and you're preparing it the right way. So again, wild salmon is the best quality, because there won't be as many toxins or chemicals in the flesh of that fish. Sardines are also lower on the food chain in the ocean, so they have less of those chemicals and toxins in them as well. And all of those toxins accumulate in the fat and in the flesh of those fish. So you don't want to be eating really high up on the food chain like farmed salmon that will have more of those toxins contained in them. You also will want to make sure you're preparing them the right way because those Omega 3 oils are really sensitive. They're really sensitive to heat and light. So you don't want to be frying your fish and you don't want to be baking it at really high temperatures for a long amount of time. So really, sardines straight out of the can or even raw salmon or just lightly cooked salmon is going to ensure that those really healthy Omega 3's are in the best shape when you consume them.

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