A study was recently released that found that Americans living in the southern stroke belt consume more fried fish than people living in other areas of the country, and that this fried fish consumption might contribute to the region’s high stroke mortality rate. North Carolina is one of the eight states included in the stroke belt.
It is well documented that eating fish is heart healthy, but make sure to choose a cooking method like baking, braising, broiling, grilling, poaching, sautéing, steaming, or stir frying to protect your cardivascular health.
And when choosing your fish, make sure to select fish with the highest Omega-3 fatty acids, keeping in mind the need to limit mercury consumption for children and pregnant women. Monterey Bay Aquarium and the American Heart Association both have great resources to help you choose healthy fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, low in mercury and species that are environmentally sustainable.