Health Advantages and Disadvantages of Eating Fish

The views on whether fish or good or bad for you vary so much it is hard to know which is correct. Read a few facts and decide for yourself.

Fish is normally considered very good for general health as it is low in fat and high in protein. Fatty fish, such as salmon, also contain important nutrients that are missing from most diets. Fish are a good source of Omega 3 and this is hard to get elsewhere. Omega 3 is, “brain food”, literally making your brain work better, and can also improve sight, significantly help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and heart disease and keep your immune system in balance.


There are many reasons believed to explain the various improvements omega 3 makes, but as it can; lower blood pressure,  risk of blood clots and inflammation, slightly reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and also keep depression at bay,  reduce the risk of asthma, and the symptoms of arthritis. It aid “good cholesterol, blood sugar levels, eyesight and brain usage, they are too numerous to detail here and studies are still taking place to give definitive answers.

If fish sounds like something you should eat at every meal, think again!

Doctors advise keeping consumption down to twice a week to avoid ingesting high levels of toxins from fish.

One toxin, found in every single fish tested for it, is mercury. Scientists say this should not be too harmful to the majority of people, but this is rather vague and general and does not help people decide if fish is really safe for them or not.

Certain health studies appear to show that people who eat fish are more prone to diabetes due to a chemical called DDE, and also to cancer.

To say nothing of all the other rubbish in the seas that fish eat and therefore humans consume when they eat fish.

Fish oil supplements were thought by many to be an easy way to gain the advantages of fish, without having to search for fresh fish every meal time, but, there are ongoing studies and legal actions regarding PCBs in fish oil supplements. PCBs seem to be linked to cancer and birth defects.

Basically, all the things fish may “cure”, it may also “cause”, so why not just eat it in reasonable quantities for enjoyment, and forget the rest, at least until such times as more and conclusive experiments have been done.

For millions of people in the world, around  7 million in America alone, this dilemma just does not exist, as they are allergic to fish.

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