Benefits of fish outweigh the risks

October 18, 2006 in Heart Health, Nutrition Topics in the News

Benefits of fish outweigh the risks

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the benefits of regularly eating fish on heart health and neurodevelopment outweigh any potential risks due to contamination.

There have been conflicting reports as to the risk of contaminants, specifically methylmercury, PCB's and dioxins contained in fish.

However, this latest study from researchers at Harvard found that one to two servings of fish per week, especially those higher in DHA and EPA omega-3, greatly reduced the risk of coronary death by. In fact, regular fish consumption was associated with a reduced risk of coronary death by 36 percent and reduced risk of total mortality by 17 percent.

The findings were based on a review of hundreds of past studies looking at the health effects of fish consumption. Researchers then completed a meta-analysis to quantify the risks and benefits.

Researchers concluded that the levels of contaminants in fish were low and the heart benefits of fish far outweighed the potential cancer risks.

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