We all know that we should add more fish to our diet. The omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish have numerous health benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the heart of healthy people, and those who are at risk of or those who already have cardiovascular disease. Omega-3s may also decrease triglyceride levels, slow the growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque, and slightly lower blood pressure.
Smoked fish, such as salmon or trout, can be a quick and easy meal instead of lunch meats or microwave meals. The smoking process maintains the composition of the omega-3 fatty acids; smoking reduces the rates of oxidization, which increases the amount of omega-3s, according to Gabriel Viteri, Vice President of Acme Smoked Fish corporation. But it’s not all good news—don’t switch entirely to a diet of smoked fish. A three-ounce serving may contain four times the sodium of fresh fish, which counterbalances the benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids. So, in following most dietary advice, choose smoked fish in moderation.