5 Health Reasons You Should Be Eating More Fish (And Recipes to Help You Do It)

Love chicken Parmesan? Make this shrimp version instead — your health will thank you for it. Love chicken Parmesan? Make this shrimp version instead — your health will thank you for it. Sure, we've always known about the positive connotations that go along with eating fish. The protein-heavy meat has less calories than beef and chicken; it's rich in omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and vitamin D and B2; and it's full of healthy minerals such as iron and magnesium. Along with the immediate health benefits of eating fish, it's also known for preventing a long list of diseases, making the consumption of fish well worth your time.

So we're giving you seven reasons why you should be eating fish, and just to get your taste buds singing, we're sharing seven delicious recipes from Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar in Atlantic City, N.J. The restaurant, which was voted as one of the 100 Best Wine Restaurants from Wine Enthusiast in 2012, is home to chef Stephen Kalt and an Italian-focused menu. Inspired by many years of traveling through the country and working under chef Vincent Scotto at Fresco in New York City, Kalt designs dishes that are rooted in the traditional fare but also introduce aspects of modern and innovative cooking. With a taste of both old and new, each recipe is approachable yet still has that flare of a critically acclaimed chef, so now you can say you're not only eating better, but cooking better too.

Reason #1: Reduces Inflammation

Omega-3s found in fish also help to regulate your body's inflammation cycle, which prevents and relieves painful conditions like arthritis.

Sardines are not always at the top of the list when someone wants to make fish, but this dish using honey and vinegar creates an interesting and flavorful sauce that will make even the most adverse like it.

Click here to see the Venetian Sweet & Sour Sardines recipe


Reason #2: Promotes Cardiovascular Health

By reducing inflammation, fish also help to improve blood vessel elasticity and help lower bad cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

A simple compote of leeks, fennel, and celery makes this dish a star and proves that a few simple ingredients like garlic, white wine, and butter, go a long way with fish.

Click here to see the Mountain Trout with Celery, Leek, and Fennel Compote recipe


Reason #3: Fights Dementia


Studies have shown that elderly people who eat fish or seafood at least once a week have a chance of lowering the risk of dementia, most specifically Alzheimer's disease.

This is a very rustic approach to cooking with a sophisticated fish. The rehydrated cod brings flavor to a potato casserole filled with simple ingredients like basil, garlic, and tomatoes.

Click here to see the Salt Cod and Potato Casserole recipe


Reason #4: Improves Your Eyesight

Studies have shown that the fatty acid found in fish strengthens eye cell membranes and provides structural support to your eyes.

This shrimp is a spin on the Italian classic, breaded in crunchy panko and dressed with tomato sauce and savory cheeses. You'll find the shrimp is a more tender and flavorful approach to the usually chicken dish.

Click here to see the Shrimp alla Parmigiana recipe

Reason #5: Helps Fight Diabetes

A study conducted in 2011 showed that eating fish helps lower glucose levels and creates a smaller risk of developing diabetes.

This is a great dish to impress your dinner guests with, and it's a fairly easy way to cook fish. If you want to experiment with the flavors of your dish, try using different seasonings beyond fennel seeds.

Click here to see the Salt Baked Whole Sea Bass recipe

-Anne Dolce, The Daily Meal

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