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9 Healthiest Varieties Of Oily Fish

Oily fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, a kind of good fat for the human body. These are by far the most healthy varieties of oily fish.

9 Healthiest Varieties Of Oily Fish

Oily fish are high in protein and help in weight loss

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Oily fish can be included in a healthy balanced diet
  2. Experts recommend eating oily fish at least twice a week
  3. Oily fish help in reducing risk of heart disease

Oily fish or fish rich in fatty acids is considered to be a high-protein, healthy food which can be included in a well-balanced diet. Oily fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, a kind of good fat for the human body. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are important for our brain and heart health. They help in reducing inflammation and risk of heart diseases. According to the American Heart Association, fatty fish or fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids should be consumed at least twice a week.

Following are some of the best varieties of oily fish:

1. Salmon



Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and is considered great to be included in your diet. It is a great source of protein and is also high in essential B Vitamins. Salmon can be included in a weight loss diet as well.
 

salmon

Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids
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2. Tilapia fish

Tilapia fish is rich in proteins, selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, potassium, Vitamin B 12, niacin, Vitamin B 6 and pantothenic acid. The fish is considered to be beneficial for weight loss and is known to give a boost to overall metabolism. It helps in maintaining strong bones and prevents risk of arthritis. It is also known to reduce signs of ageing and strengthens immune system.

Also read: 6 Definite Health Benefits Of Eating Fish - Must Eat Twice A Week At Least

3. Herring

Herring is same as sardines. Herring contains omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin D and selenium. But herring should be consumed in limited quantities as it contains high amounts of sodium.

4. Mackerel

Mackerel is a kind of oily fish which is power packed with healthy fats. Consuming mackerel can help in controlling blood pressure and is also good for heart health. Omega-3 fatty acids, Selenium, B Vitamins and Vitamin D are present in mackerel.

5. Cod

Cod is a flaky white fish which is a great source of vitamin B 12. It is also rich in protein, phosphorus and selenium. Other minerals in cod include potassium, omega-3 fatty acids, choline, niacin and Vitamin B6.

Also read: Of All The Varieties Of Fish, These 5 Are The Healthiest!

6. Sardines

Sardines is also a kind of oily fish which has many vitamins. It is rich in Vitamin D and helps in controlling blood sugar levels. Sardines can be effectively incorporated in weight loss diet as it helps in feeling full for longer.

sardines

Sardines help in controlling blood sugar levels
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7. Tuna

Tuna is a kind of oily fish which helps in controlling cholesterol levels in the body. Some health benefits of tuna include keeping blood pressure under control, promoting weight loss, improving health of the skin, preventing risk of cancer and providing energy.
 

tuna

Tuna helps in controlling cholesterol levels
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8. Mahi mahi

Mahi mahi is a kind of oily fish which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It is high in protein and is known to reduce risk of heart disease, fight inflammation and maintain healthy functioning of cells.

Also read: These Varieties Of Fish Have The Highest Levels Of Mercury

9. Sea bass fish

Sea bass fish is low in calories and high in protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids. It comprises Vitamin B 12 and Vitamin B 6. However, this fish contains slight amounts of mercury and should be consumed in limited quantities by pregnant women and children. 

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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