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Eating Fish: Science Says

Health Benefits of Eating Whitefish

Studies Indicate that Mothers Who Ate Fish During Their Last Trimester Increased the Duration of Gestation Therefore Increasing Birth Weight 

  • EPA and DHA, which are found in high levels in Great Lakes whitefish, are essential in the development of the human fetus
  • Crucial to development of human brain and retinal tissue

Diet and Reinfarction Trial (DART)

  • Study of 2033 men who had recovered from heart attacks
  • The men who ate fish had a 29% reduction in 2 year all-cause mortality compared with those not advised
  • Published in Lancet in 1989

Western Electric Study: 30-Year Follow-up

  • 1822 men were followed for over 30 years
  • Baseline determined fish consumption
  • Results showed an inverse association between fish consumption and death from Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
  • Published in New England Journal of Medicine 1995

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

  • Assessed the level of fish consumption as a risk factor for stroke
  • Final conclusion was that women aged 45 to 70 years who consumed fish more than once a week had an age-adjusted risk of stroke incidence about half that of women who never consumed fish
  • Published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 1996

Nurses Health Study

  • Followed 84,688 female nurses from 1980 to 1994
  • Concluded that for women, higher consumption of fish and Omega-3 fatty acids is associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), particularly CHD deaths
  • Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association 2002

Contaminants vs. Health Benefits of Consuming Fish

The Journal of Preventive Medicine states: Studies suggest that health benefits of eating fish outweigh the health risks

The Journal of the American Medical Association states: Overall, the health benefits of eating fish greatly outweigh the potential risks, especially when guidelines are used to reduce the small chance of being affected by the risks

The American Heart Association recommends: Eat fish at least twice a week

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states: Omega-3’s are important from womb to tomb

Additional Resources

Know Your Nets
Identifying & Avoiding Commercial Fishing Nets 

Sensory Analysis Synopsis (download PDF)