We know that white meat and fish are healthier for us to consume than red meat, but do we know why?
Meat, such as beef, pork or lamb, are the biggest sources of saturated fats in many of our diets and adds strain to the environment.
Research shows that one of the biggest benefits of substituting meat with fish is the effect that it has on one’s health. For a healthier heart, mind and body, it’s recommended that you eat healthy
unsaturated fats like those found in nuts, avocados, vegetable oils and fish.
Replacing approx..350g of beef with approx.. 350g of low-mercury fish per week drastically decreases your chances of being vitamin D (iron) deficient. Further to this, in most case studies, a high consumption of saturated fats has been linked to cardiovascular disease. Seafood and fish are naturally low in saturated fats with oily fish, like Salmon, being high in your good Omega-3 fats, which is vital for heart health and significantly decreases your risk of developing heart disease, suffering from heart attacks and strokes. To dive a little deeper, the reason for this is because the omega 3 fatty acids reverse the plaque build-up in the arteries and keeps coronary arteries open.
Pregnant women and their unborn children benefit dramatically from this meat alternative substitution, resulting in the expectant mother feeling more energised and their offspring developing healthy brains.
A study from Denmark analyzed what happens when a person exchanges 350 grams of beef with low mercury fish or shellfish per week. The conclusion was that Danes would gain 7,000 healthy years of life annually. Among these is the prevention of 170 deaths from coronary heart disease. But the most lives saved would be among men older than 50
years due to heart attack and stroke prevention. Pregnant women are also benefiting tremendously, not only for themselves, but for their children.
But wait, there’s more… in addition to the above sustainably farmed Norwegian Salmon is;
- High in Vitamin B,
- Loaded with Selenium,
- And a healthy source of Potassium,
- High in omega-3,which assist to ease inflammation in the body
- So there you have it, substituting red meat with fish at least 3 times a week is vital for one’s overall health.