Less salt, more fish

The government has issued new nutrition guidelines, and the advice is to double the amount of fish typically eaten by Americans – from 3.5 ounces to 8 ounces.

Fish reduces the risk of heart disease and strokes.

“The guidelines say the health benefits of eating a variety of seafood outweigh the risks associated with methyl mercury,” writes Nanci Hellmich in her Fitness & Food blog for USA Today. “Some varieties that are relatively high in omega-3 acids and lower in mercury: salmon, anchovies, herring, sardines, Pacific oysters, trout, Atlantic and Pacific mackerel, flounder, crab, light canned tuna and catfish.”

The F/V St. Jude tuna targets smaller fish and randomly tests for mercury content. Note: Pregnant or breastfeeding women are advised to limit fish consumption to 6 ounces per week.

More than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese,  reports the US Department of Agriculture.  Click here for the complete guidelines.

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