Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thoughts on Fish

So....another little green dot.  Plus 30 minutes of activity yesterday.  Good stuff.  A coworker and I walked during our lunch break yesterday.  Very easy way to get the 30 minutes in and we're going again today.  It's a quick 30 minutes...probably about 1.5 miles.  I have to map it to see for sure.  Feels good to be a little active again though.

I baked fish last night.  I'm not sure if I ever shared but I've tried making fish twice and both times turned out absolutely dreadful.  Just terrible.  Add to that the fact that neither my hubby nor my girls like fish, it was hard to find a reason to bother.  But fish is good for you so Hubby wants to try to find a way to stomach it.  Right now, he only likes it fried which defeats the healthy piece.  I guess some of the milder fish (Tilapia standing out) isn't as beneficial as other types of fish.  So we bought some code fillets and I baked them last night.  My previous attempts involved a lot of flavors, marinating, etc.  This time, all I did was coat the baking dish in olive oil, throw the fish in there, toss on some seasoning, put a couple of pats of butter on each one, covered and baked for 20 minutes.  Turned out perfect.  Hubby even like it!  My youngest didn't.  My oldest ate it all and when I asked if she liked it, she said "Not really but I know it's really healthy so I ate it anyway."  Isn't she brilliant?!?!  I'm not a doctor but here are some disputable benefits of eating fish:

  • Asthma - children who eat fish may be less likely to develop asthma.
  • Brain and eyes - fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids can contribute to the health of brain tissue and the retina (the light sensitive tissue lining the inner surface of the eye).
  • Cancer - the omega 3 fatty acids in fish may reduce the risk of many types of cancers by 30 to 50 per cent, especially of the oral cavity, oesophagus, colon, breast, ovary and prostate.
  • Cardiovascular disease - eating fish every week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing blood clots and inflammation, improving blood vessel elasticity, lowering blood pressure, lowering blood fats and boosting 'good' cholesterol.
  • Dementia - elderly people who eat fish or seafood at least once a week may have a lower risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.
  • Depression - people who regularly eat fish have a lower incidence of depression (depression is linked to low levels of omega 3 fatty acids in the brain).
  • Diabetes - fish may help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar levels.
  • Eyesight - breastfed babies of mothers who eat fish have better eyesight, perhaps due to the omega 3 fatty acids transmitted in breast milk.
  • Inflammatory conditions - regular fish consumption may relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and autoimmune disease.
  • Prematurity - eating fish during pregnancy may help reduce the risk of delivering a premature baby. (Please keep mercury levels in mind on this one).

So you're welcome for more than you needed to know about fish.  Hope all of you going to Chicago arrive and come home safely and have a wonderful time!  Please have a drink for me while you're there and I can't wait to see all the pics when you get back!


Amanda said...

Do you guys like spicy at all??
Thai Sweet Chili sauce is a great flavor with mild white fish and even salmon! Not a huge fish eater (but I love shell fish, weird) but it is my favorite way to eat it!

Yes...that is a brilliant response from a very smart child! :)

Ronnie said...

Ooh, I haven't ever made fish but I keep wanting to... there's no place around here to buy some that's fresh. I need some suggestions! lol

~Lisa~ said...

Thank you for the wonderful information about fish. I especially found the chart interesting. We don't have it as often as we should, but we do love cooking fish. Grilled fish smothered in spices and veggies is a favorite around here!

Cece said...

too bad I'm afraid of fish ... and yes, that means I also don't eat them ..