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Health Benefits of Fish

  • Eating fish is good for the whole family:Plate with Fish Dinner

    • Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats found in some fish. These fats are great for brain growth and development in babies and children.
    • The American Heart Association says eating fish high in omega-3s twice a week may help to prevent heart disease in adults.

Some fish, like salmon and herring, have a lot of good,
healthy fats called omega-3 fatty acids

  • What are omega-3 fatty acids?
    • Omega-3 fatty acids (or omega-3s) include DHAs, EPAs, and ALAs. These are important fats that your body needs to work well. This is why you will often see DHAs added to foods like milk, baby formula, and breads.

    • Another way to get more omega-3s into your diet is by eating certain kinds of fish, like salmon or anchovies. These foods are naturally high in omega-3s.

  • Why are omega-3s good for me?

    • The Mayo Clinic explains that omega-3s may reduce inflammation in your body. Inflammation can damage your blood vessels and lead to heart disease.

    • Omega-3s may also lower triglycerides, lower blood pressure, and reduce blood clotting. All of these are key to good heart health!

    • And that's not also improve arthritis symptoms.

    • Hey kids! Omega-3s are great for you, too. They boost learning power and provide key building blocks for healthy growth. Mmmm!


Cartoon drawing of man with fishDid you know that the Eat Safe Fish Guides (Michigan Fish Advisory) consider 8 ounces of fish to be the same as one MI Serving for adults?  So by eating fish just once a week while following the Eat Safe Fish Guidelines, you will get your health benefits with very little risk!

Download the Hooked on Fish Cookbook for some great fish recipes
collected from people around the state!

Learn more about the health benefits of fish:

Mayo Clinic



Cartoon drawing of man with fishIn order to get the most health benefits from fish, choose fish that are safe and low in harmful chemicals. Learn how to choose safe fish:

Going fishing in a Michigan lake or river?

Buying fish from your local grocery store or fish market?


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Click here to print or download any of our fish materials. 

Or you can call 1-800-648-6942 to request that a
MDCH Eat Safe Fish packet be mailed to you.

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