December 8, 2022


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Fish Is Not A Health Food: Here’s Why

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As the hit documentary Seaspiracy continues to engage people around the world with the impact fishing is having on the ocean, people are rethinking their consumption of fish.

While fish continues to be labelled a health food – what does the science really say?

Is fish healthy?

Are fish a healthy source of nutrients? Video: Plant Based News

We need fats called essential fatty acids for our cell membranes, brain, and nervous system. They help regulate blood pressure, blood clotting, and immune and inflammatory responses. Because we can’t make them in our bodies and must get them from food, they’re labeled ‘essential’. ALA is an omega-3 essential fatty acid. It is found in plant foods such as flaxseeds, rapeseeds, soya, walnuts, and their oils. 

We convert it, in our bodies, into the longer-chain omega-3s EPA and DHA. These are also found in oily fish, which they obtain from algae. Conversion rates in the body can be low, which is why some people insist that fish oils are essential for health. They are not, in fact, they could be doing more harm than good. 

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