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What’s Up Doc? Something fishy is good for you

October 15th, 2009

Q: What are the health benefits of fish oil, and how much fish do I need to eat to get them? Is tuna packed in oil better for you than tuna packed in water because of the extra fish oil?

A: As many people know, too much saturated fat in your diet (typically from fatty meats and full-fat dairy products) may raise the risk of atherosclerotic disease (clogging of the arteries), which can lead to heart disease, stroke and/or peripheral vascular disease.

On the other hand, polyunsaturated fats, such as those found in fish, nuts and vegetable oils, have health benefits and reduce the risk of coronary artery heart disease.


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