Types of Fish

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The American Heart Association recommends eating seafood at least two times per week as part of a healthy diet because fish and shellfish contain high-quality protein, healthy unsaturated fats (particularly omega-3s) and few, if any, saturated fats. Fish is also rich in calcium and phosphorus and a great source of minerals, such as iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium, and potassium.


When purchasing seafood, keep two things in mind:


1️⃣ Aim for variety. Don’t get stuck on one type only. The best approach when buying and eating seafood is variety. You’ll consume varying levels of omega-3s from a number of sources without too much dependence on one. At the market, let freshness be your guide. For example, if you have flounder on your shopping list but the mahimahi looks and smells fresher, buy it instead.


2️⃣ Buy in season. Fish and shellfish have certain seasons when they are freshest, easiest to find, and the cheapest to buy.


Here’s a handy reference guide based on color and fat content.


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