For years, fat was a four-letter word. We were urged to banish it from our diets whenever possible. We switched to low-fat foods. But the shift didn't make us healthier, probably because we cut back on healthy fats as well as harmful ones. Harvard Health explains how omega-3s fit in the truth about fats in our diet.
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Each year NOAA Fisheries compiles key fisheries statistics from the previous year into an annual snapshot documenting fishing’s importance to the nation. The 2016 report provides landings totals for both domestic recreational and commercial fisheries by species and allows us to track important indicators such as annual seafood consumption and the productivity of top fishing ports. These statistics provide valuable insights — but to fully understand the overall condition of our fisheries, they must be looked at in combination with other biological, social, and economic factors of ecosystem and ocean health.
The Nature Conservancy, alongside many partners, is conducting a number of pilot projects around the world to determine how, where, and when aquaculture can actually help improve the environment by improving water quality, habitat function, and mitigating localised ocean acidification. If we can figure out the right conditions, we can unlock a powerful market-based solution to coastal restoration, while creating food and jobs.
Check out NOAA's Fishwatch website to find out all about the nation’s database on sustainable seafood. FishWatch has information on the status of more than 100 of the most of valuable marine fish and shellfish harvested or farmed in the United States. It includes information about stock assessments, economic impacts, and partnerships with commercial and recreational fishermen to reduce bycatch and protect habitat. You can even find tasty recipes for some of your favorite seafood species.
More than 15 million Americans currently live with some form of depression. This mood disorder can occur at any age and may cause a variety of other health issues. One natural way to help ease the symptoms of depression is to focus on a nutrient-rich diet. Studies have shown that omega-3s, found in seafood like salmon and tuna, particularly EPA, may help improve symptoms of depression. EPA is especially important to help reduce postpartum depression in new moms. This is because of the mood-boosting effects omega-3s have on the brain. Research also suggests that people who are deficient in omega-3s may be more likely to develop depression.
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A study in Scientific Reports showed that women who regularly consumed higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids had a healthier gut microbiome than those with lower omega-3 intake. UK researchers analyzed more than 800 middle-aged to older women and found that those who had higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids had an increased number of specific bacteria associated with a lower risk of obesity and lower inflammation.
The Fats of Life newsletter August edition has arrived. A Science-based Publication on Healthy Fats.
WASHINGTON, August 29, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced new updates to its popular FoodKeeper application that will provide users with new information on food safety recalls. The app has been updated so users can choose to receive automatic notifications when food safety recalls are announced by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Includes information on proper storage time for seafood.
Are you getting enough omega-3s? These vital fats are beneficial for heart, brain and eye health, but it’s not just the amount that matters. The type of omega-3s in your diet could determine the health benefits you’re getting — especially if you don’t eat fish.