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What's the Catch With Eating Fish? Myths and Facts


Pescatarianism has been around for years, but as Hollywood's stars shine a new light on the myriad health benefits of a high-protein, low-fat diet that improves sexual function and decreases the risk of heart disease, everyone is getting hooked. Before you jump off the deep end, get the lowdown on the dos and don'ts of underwater eating.

MYTH: All fish are high in omega-3s.
FACT: Fatty cold-water fish such as salmon and herring are teeming with them; flounder and tilapia are not. Among shellfish, oysters and mussels have the highest content.

MYTH: Fried fish is better than a burger.
FACT: A fried-fish sandwich has more calories and saturated fat than a grilled hamburger. But if you crave a fried-fish fix, lightly bread it and pan-fry it in olive oil.

MYTH: Eat shellfish only during months containing an "r."
FACT: In warmer months, shellfish may indeed have higher toxicity, but sustainably farmed shellfish can be eaten all year.

Still hungry? Read the full story, including "5 Ways to Be a Better Pescatarian."

—Courtney Rubin

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