FISH FACTS

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ROS­ALIND I. DELA CRUZ, R.N.

Sea foods is one of your best di­etary choices. Low in sat­u­rated fat, many fish also con­tains an oil called Omega-3 which can de­crease the chances of your de­vel­op­ing blood clots in your coro­nary ar­ter­ies.

Omega-3 is found in cold wa­ter fish, such as mack­erel, sar­dines, and sal­mon. It is also contained in cap­sules, but think twice be­fore you reach for fish oil in a bot­tle. Most stud­ies show that cap­sules sim­ply that cap­sules sim­ply aren’t prac­ti­cal-you’d have to take large num­ber of them to equal the amount found in serv­ing of fish. Also, ac­cord­ing to Peter Kwiterovich M.D. some cap­sules may con­tain im­pu­ri­ties.

So Stick to the real thing, but watch the prepa­ra­tion. If you choose deep­fried fish from your lo­cal fast food restau­rant, you won’t be do­ing your­self any choles­terol-low­er­ing fa­vors. Try grilling or poach­ing in­stead. And if shell­fish is your choice, re­mem­ber that shrimps, while low in sat­u­rated fat is high in choles­terol, save it for spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

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The au­thor is ADA VI, DepEd Division Of­fice of An­ge­les City

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