Skip Fried Fish!

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Though you may have heard of the “Bible Belt,” did you know that many of those same states have been designated as part of the “Stroke Belt” also? That’s because many of those Southern states have seen higher rates of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases than the rest of the country, according to the New York Times.

Research is now suggesting that part of the reason why this is so has to do with a common staple in Southern cuisine: fried fish. According to Recipe4Living, fish are high in protein, and healthy fats that promote eye health and decrease the likelihood of macular degeneration. But when you fry them up, much of their nutritional value is lost.

This study is really getting people fired up, and for good reason. Heart disease and stroke aren’t jokes. The study analyzed  more than 21,000 people nationwide.

The scientists found that people in eight stroke belt states ate a three-ounce serving of fish an average of twice a week. While this is about the same as other individuals in the nation, the difference is that the individuals were 32 percent more likely to eat the fish fried.

Personally, I don’t even enough good fish as I should. I’d rather eat shrimp. But salmon and tilapia can be very good for you. Just make sure it isn’t fried.

Here are some healthy fish recipes to start you off:

Baked Herb Fish
– Marjoram, thyme, garlic powder and bay leaves all go into this well-seasoned fish dish.

Broiled Lemon Fish Fillets – This is a light fish dish with a hint of seasoning that is not overpowering, but enough to give it delicious flavor.

Cilantro-Lime Salmon – This delicious and heart-healthy dish is ready in only 20 minutes. A great recipe to cook for a special someone!

Mango Mahi Mahi – Treat yourself to this fruity island treat tonight!

Heart-Healthy Salmon with Kale – Add colorful sautéed leeks and kale to salmon filets and you have a wonderful meal full of cancer-fighting phytonutrients, vitamins A, K and C, and diet-friendly fiber.

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