Oily fish is nature’s most abundant source of long-chained omega 3 fatty acids, currently considered the Queen of the healthy fats. It also happens to be nature’s only food that provides a hefty dose of vitamin D, the current King of vitamins.
For a double-bonus, replace the red meat in your diet with fish. The March issue of Archives of Internal Medicine included a study evaluating the relationship between red meat consumption in more than a half-million adults and its relationship to death over the ten year study period. Men and women consuming the most red meat (beef, pork, lamb) were 31 percent and 36 percent, respectively, more likely to die from any cause than those consuming the least. There are a host of unhealthy, bad players in standard red meat to account for these findings, including: saturated fats, nitrites, heterocyclic amines, arachidonic acid, excess iron, and hormonal residues. Substituting a “healthy protein package” like fish, poultry, or beans for your red meat is a simple and tasty way to potentially save your life!