We Love Fish

They're full of a special fat called omega-3 that may actually be good for you

Cardiologists have long known that eating fish helps protect against heart disease. What they don't know is why fish are beneficial. For years they figured it was a simple question of substitution: folks who replace red meat with fish are naturally cutting down their intake of saturated fat, which the body easily converts into artery-choking plaques. But a growing body of evidence collected over the past 30 years suggests there's something special about fish. In particular, fish contain nutrients called omega-3 fatty acids (especially abundant in species like sardines, salmon and mackerel) that seem to promote cardiovascular health.

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