An easy way to do this is by eating seafood twice a week, which is linked to many health benefits, including a reduced risk for heart disease and stroke. This is largely due to the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, which have been shown to improve blood vessel function and reduce inflammation, platelet aggregation, blood pressure and triglycerides. Norwegian salmon, steelhead trout and mackerel are the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, but other Norwegian seafood varieties, including cod and halibut, also contain these healthy fats in lower quantities. Seafood is also low in saturated fat, which may increase the risk for heart disease, making it a healthy substitute for high-fat meats.
It’s no wonder seafood is included in the Mediterranean Diet, which was voted the best diet for heart health in the U.S. News 2019 Best Diets list. This eating pattern emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes and healthy fats and recommends eating fish and seafood a few times a week.
Tempted to reach for fish oil or omega-3 supplements instead of eating seafood? You may want to reconsider, as there is little evidence to show these supplements are beneficial. Plus, by taking supplements, you will miss out on the other beneficial nutrients found in fish that promote health, such as vitamins, minerals and high-quality protein. Instead of supplements, we suggest consuming a variety of types of Norwegian seafood to ensure you get the various nutrients they provide and heart benefits.
Check out a few of our favorite Mediterranean-inspired seafood recipes – give them a try and let us know what you think!