Fishy Secrets Many People Know

by | Jul 18, 2016

I used to love fishing. In my middle school and high school years, my friend and I would often talk about fishing and how we’ll someday have a boat specifically for it.

Until I became vegan, I also liked eating fish. I ate fish whenever my mom baked, fried, or smoked it. I was a huge fan.

I’m only saying that so you know that I have nothing against fish, and it’s not as if I never liked fish so of course it was easy for me to stop eating it. I gave up eating fish only because of the health consequences it carries.

Let’s get to the secrets the title of this article promises to reveal. The following are “secrets” because most people still don’t know them somehow, even though many people do.

Did you know that the American Heart Association recommends eating a little bit of fish each week? Fish must be good for the heart then, right?

Did you also know that the more fish a person eats the more likely they are to eat more fruits and vegetables? And less meat? And exercise more? Surprise! It’s true: there are significant positive correlations between fish consumption and fruit and vegetable consumption, as well as correlations between fish consumption and exercise; and there’s an inverse correlation between fish and meat consumption. So with so many confounding variables, it’s not good science to isolate fish as a cause of heart health.

By the way, the American Heart Association does not recommend fish from restaurants or “frozen, convenience-type fried fish products.”

But wait! Fish has omega-3 fatty acids. And omega-3 is healthy, isn’t it?

It’s no longer 2011, and it seems that the omega-3 supplement industry is on the decline, now that people are coming to their senses about the science behind omega-3 fat and fish oil in general. We see this phenomenon over and over again: An early study finds something positive about a particular nutrient or type of food, and the next day the supplement-selling entrepreneurs are touting it as a “vital” nutrient for health or a “superfood” that can fix most of your problems. Pretty quickly, these crooks are millionaires because they’ve been able to convince thousands of unsuspecting and uneducated people into buying their product.

Phew! Feels good to get that off my chest.

Let’s get back to heart health. Studies have shown that eating more omega-3 fatty acids from foods that have lots of it or from supplements does not help prevent stroke, heart attack, or sudden death of any kind. If you’re trying to find a way to reverse your heart disease or make sure you never get it, you should try the most effective diet ever documented by researchers. Check out the method (which totally forbid eating fish) doctor Caldwell Esselstyn developed after decades of operating on heart disease.

One more thing about omega-3: Trying to consume more of it to prevent type 2 diabetes won’t help, a big and serious study has found.

Have you heard of pregnant women trying to eat more fish oil? Next time you meet a woman eating fish, tell her she’s probably hurting the neurological development of her fetus, because most fish are contaminated with mercury and other heavy metals. The mercury contamination in fish is well documented (it’s common knowledge, and I won’t provide citation), and this toxicity from mercury has also been linked to increased heart attacks.

Nothing about fish should prompt you to include it in your diet. Every vitamin or nutrient you’d like to get out of eating fish you can get out of plant-based foods. For example, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, spinach, and walnuts all are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

There’s lots more I could’ve said about the evil ways of fish. What can you, the reader, add to my article? Please add your comment below.

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