Health benefits of Catfish
Nigerians eat fish basically because of its taste without knowing the variety of benefits we get from it. Not all types of fish are good for you but Catfish fish is rich in nutrients that is not found in other types of fish. ”Eja Aro” as it is popularly called by the Yorubas; is also loved because of it’s yummy taste when used to prepare the ”Cat Pepper-soup”
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Asides it’s savoury taste and softness, catfish can be consumed in any form either grilled or boiled and it is low in calories. In the world today, heart attacks and strokes are the common causes of death among the old and catfish is considered to be among the best food for a healthy heart.
Apart from preventing heart diseases, consumption of catfish helps in reduction of blood pressure and it also reduce risk for certain cancers as a result of omega-3 fatty acid it contains. Another benefit of this fish is it’s ability to help prevent Asthma in Children. Studies show that regular fish consumption is linked to a 24% lower risk of Asthma in Children.
Experts in Nutritional studies stated that fish is a major source of protein and essential vitamins which are needed for healthy body growth. You need to consider adding fish in your meal rather than having beef which has high cholesterol that is dangerous to your heart and health in general.
- Low in Calories and Fat. A 3-oz. serving of catfish introduces 122 calories and 6.1 g of fat into your diet
- Contains Healthy Fatty Acids
- Provides Complete Protein than other fishes
- Source of Vitamin B-12
- Low in Mercury
Apart from the delicious the flavour of catfish, it offers a variety of health benefits as well. Adding this nutritious fish in your diet helps you meet your protein needs and boosts your intake of vitamins and healthy fats and fatty acids. Consider catfish regularly in your meal planning.