Getting More Fish in Your Diet

Nutritionists are increasingly enthusiastic about the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, present in fatty, cold water fish such as tuna, mackerel and salmon, as well as in some nuts and vegetable oils. The benefits of regularly eating these foods include lower triglyceride levels and a reduced risk of coronary artery disease, studies have found. Experts are also researching a possible role for omega-3s in boosting the immune system and protecting against hypertension, depression and other ailments.

As the findings continue to roll in, many nutritionists now recommend that we eat fish twice a week.

Read more about fish and a recipe using canned sardine….

A Little Chocolate May Do the Heart Good

For those who believe in the Easter bunny (or at least in what he is believed to bring), good news awaits.

Just one small square of chocolate a day might help lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk for heart disease.

After analyzing the diet and health habits of 19,357 people, aged 35 to 65, for at least 10 years, German researchers found that those who ate the most chocolate (an average of 7.5 grams, or 0.3 ounces, a day) had lower blood pressure and were 39 percent less likely to have a heart attack than those who ate the least amount of chocolate (an average of 1.7 grams, or 0.06 ounces, a day).

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