Why? Because fish is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It’s low in calories, high in protein, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, vitamins D and B2, and it's full of healthy minerals like iron and magnesium. But wait. There’s more! Did you know that fish is the best source of two “long-chain” omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)? These fatty acids are not made by the human body, so the only way to get them is through the food you eat. Although you can get omega-3 fatty acids from plant sources like flax seeds and walnuts, this type of “good” fat — alpha-linolenic acid — only partially converts to EPA and DHA in the body. That’s why your best source of omega-3s is derived from fish. So take the bait, grab your fishing pole, or head to your local fishmonger to reel in better health. No fish tales here, just the facts.
Which Fish is Which
Bet you can’t say that twice! But seriously, some fishes are healthier than others, and some we should avoid. We’ll help you hook’em and cook’em with a list of healthy fishes and recipes to go with’em.
Wild-Caught, Farm-Raised, Aquaponics
What’s the Difference?
Remember when buying fish was simple? Now there are a million fishes to choose from, and a ton of terminology to boot. Let’s wade through the mire to get the details.
Meet Tom Carroll, Programmer Analyst and avid fisherman. Tom is all about catching fish, and eating them too! His favorite recipe is a fish bake with cheese, tomatoes, and bread crumbs. In most of his spare time, you’ll find Tom fishing at Irondequoit Creek. In the fall, he fishes the Niagara River Gorge, which offers beautiful, three hundred-foot gorge walls covered with trees in an array of autumn colors, and rushing water at 205,000 cubic feet per second. Fall is one of his favorite times of year to fish because that’s when the big salmon and steelhead migrate in from Lake Ontario, making it possible to catch a 30-pound salmon or 15-pound steelhead right from shore. So, what keeps him fishing? Tom is all about the random reward fishing brings – from not knowing whether he’ll cast 100 times without a single bite to catching a bunch of fish in a short period of time. But for Tom fishing is more about the challenge than keeping the catch. More times than not, he catches them, and throws them right back. Of course there have been a few he just couldn’t let get away!