Tips for choosing popular fish and seafood at the supermarket.
Do your body good—eat fish! Fish (and all seafood) is an excellent source of lean protein and is healthy for your heart because it contains so little saturated fat—the type of fat associated with heart disease. In addition, some types of fish, particularly cold-water species like salmon, tuna, sardines and trout, are rich in omega-3 fats docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Studies show that these omega-3 fats may reduce the risk of heart disease and may also provide other health benefits, such as helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and boost your mood.
A freshwater fish that originated in North Africa, tilapia can now be found at fish counters and on restaurant menus across the U.S., where its mild taste and light white meat have made it increasingly popular.
Best Choices for the Environment:
Look for U.S. farm-raised tilapia, which is usually grown in closed farming systems that limit pollution and prevent escapes of the farmed fish into the wild. Some Central and South American tilapia is farmed in this manner as well, but avoid tilapia from China and Taiwan, mostly farmed in open systems.