21 July 2004

How To Eat Your Fish

Among the elderly, eating baked or broiled fish has been shown to lower the risk of the most common heart rhythm disorder.

In a study done on 4,815 people over age 65, researchers found that a higher consumption of tuna fish (fresh or canned) or other fish that was broiled or baked was associated with lower incidence of atrial fibrillation. [News-Medical.net]

Atrial fibrillation or AF, is a condition wherein the heart's upper chambers --- the atria, are beating more rapidly than the lower chambers (ventricles). It can often result in symptoms like palpitations and an occasional chest pain. It can also lead to fatal complications like congestive heart failure and stroke. After age 65, it has been estimated that AF incidence increases at 2% yearly.

The study also found that "people who consumed fish 1-4 times per week had a 28% lower risk of atrial fibrillation, while those who had 5 or more servings had a 31% lower risk compared to those who ate fish less than once a month."

My opinion is that you don't have to wait until you are 65 years old in order to enjoy the health benefits of eating broiled or baked fish. Start eating fish now!

And if you want to be more adventurous and creative, try some of Sassy's mouth-watering recipes.

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