Listen Up … Eating fish is good for your hearing!

There are so many recommendations that eating fish twice weekly is good for you!  It is a good source of dietary Vitamin D and all the health benefits that come with healthy Vit D levels.  It is recommended by the American Heart Association for decreasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.  It improves brain power.

Now, a Study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating fish twice weekly decreased the occurrence of hearing loss by 20% in an 18 year study of 65,000 women.  Looking further, the researchers determined that the benefit was related more to the Omega-3 Fatty Acids in the fish.

Does eating fish sound good to you? Once upon a time, when I was young, the only problem with eating fish was the fact that I didn’t like it!  Now, I love fish, and I limit my intake to no more than twice a week.  Why?  Because I want to reduce exposure to mercury, PCBs and other toxic chemicals that are now found in our fish supply.  I use the Washington State Healthy Fish Guide.  95% of the fish I eat comes from the “safe to eat” group.  If you’ll do the same thing, you’ll get to enjoy the health benefits of eating fish and largely avoid serious exposure to ocean toxins.  And, if you love tuna salad sandwiches or tuna noodle casseroles, limit it to once a week unless the canned tuna you buy is canned light skipjack.  The canned yellowfin and albacore tunas contain 3 times as much mercury as the light skipjack.

Here are just some of the fish on the safe to eat 2-3 times per week list:
●  Canned Light Snapjack Tuna
●  Catfish
●  Cod
●  Crab
●  Salmon
●  Shrimp
●  Trout

Whatever your reason for getting omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, make an effort to get one of the safe seafood options into your family’s meal plan on a weekly basis.  Although most of us don’t worry about hearing loss until it shows up when we are “older”, it is one more good reason to make sure we get our healthy Omega-3s!  Now, could you pass the tartar sauce please?

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