Substituting fish for Lent has added health benefits

By Chris Swick
February 04, 2016

As we enter the Lenten season next week, you may be helping to keep your body healthier as you substitute fish or red meat over the next few weeks.

“Along with benefits to the brain, the nerves and the eyes of getting enough Omega-3 fats,” Jana McKinney, McPherson County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, said, “which are mentioned often, did you know that Omega-3 fats also decrease risk for heart disease, dementia and Alzheimer's?”

The three types of Omega-3 fats are not produced by humans, and have to be consumed from food, and that two of the three types are found in fish.

“Which are the EPA and the DHA, especially oily fish,” McKinney said. “ALA is in certain plant foods.”

McKinney says that fish is high in protein and low in saturated fats and that the recommended cooking method is either to boil or bake it.