“World Fish Demand is Unsustainable”

The United Nations just warned that a third of the world’s oceans are overfished and fish consumption is at an all-time high, raising fears over the sustainability of a key source of protein for millions around the world. Overfishing is particularly bad in parts of the developing world where many people already struggle to get enough nutritious food to eat. Currently, 3.2 billion people rely on fish for almost 20% of their animal protein intake. Fish is one small part of a healthy diet. People who eat at least two servings a week of oily fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, and tuna should keep it up because US doctors still say it’s a good way to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. But, this is not a prescription for fried catfish. The new scientific advisory reaffirms the American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations against fried fish and stresses the benefits of eating two 3.5-ounce servings a week of fish, especially oily varieties rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Some medical articles say that it is possible that eating at least two weekly servings of fish—especially those with lots of omega-3 fatty acids—can help lower the risk of heart failure, coronary heart disease, cardiac arrest, and ischemic stroke.

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