Bring Some Freshness to Your Table

Bring Some Freshness to Your Table

Are you looking for a new way to bring variety and flavor to your table? Are you looking for some healthy alternatives to poultry, beef, and pork? If so, you may want to consider adding fresh water fish to your diet. For those not sure where to start, there are many fish recipes readily available. Fish is a food that is often simple to prepare as it does not require a long cooking time. It is also very versatile and can be prepared in many different ways to appeal to almost any taste bud. For this reason, fish are a major commodity all over the world as a food source. In addition to the vast array of recipes for fish that are available, there are also many different species of fish from which to choose, expanding the flavor possibilities even farther. The most common and readily available fresh water fish in the United States are catfish, trout, salmon, bass, and perch (also known as bream). If you do try one and do not find it to your liking, just try another variety, as they all have very unique tastes that can even vary from the region from which they were caught.

In regards to any health concerns you may have, research shows that fresh water fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA. This makes it an excellent choice for expecting and nursing mothers as well as reducing the risk of death from heart disease in both men and women. It could also reduce the risk of depression and stroke. Possible health concerns from eating fresh fish to be aware of are the risks of high levels of mercury and other chemicals that may be present in them. Fresh water fish are more likely to have higher levels of these chemicals than farm raised fish as they are more likely to be exposed to contaminated or polluted waters. However, it is believed that when eaten in moderation and with a variety of types of fish, the health benefits far outweigh the risks. According to the National Heart Association, normal, healthy adults with no heart problems should eat a variety of fish at least two times per week.

So, head out to your local fish market or nearest stream and reel in your catch. Your taste buds and arteries are sure to be delighted.