Fish for a healthy heart

There’s good news when it comes to our heart health. Official figures show that deaths from heart and circulatory diseases are starting to fall in the UK. But there’s still plenty of room for improvement.

Cardiovascular disease – which includes heart attacks and strokes – remains the number one killer in the UK, accounting for around one in three of all deaths*.

Fortunately, there’s plenty we can do to reduce our risk of heart disease, including maintaining a healthy weight and eating a balanced, nutritious diet. Better still, achieving these things isn’t all about deprivation. One of the foods we can enjoy in plentiful amounts is actually one of the nation’s favourite foods – we’re talking fish!

Health experts recommend we should eat two portions of fish every week, one of which should be an oil-rich fish such as sardines, mackerel, herring, fresh tuna, trout or salmon. Here, registered dietitian and nutritionist Juliette Kellow reveals how eating more fish as part of a balanced, varied diet can help you love your heart.

 

* British Heart Foundation Coronary Heart Disease Statistics: A Compendium of Health Statistics. 2012 Edition.