New AHA guidelines recommend eating fish twice a week to improve heart health

The American Heart Association published new guidelines in Circulation recommending that people eat one to two meals of non-fried fish or shellfish per week for better cardiovascular health. The new scientific advisory is based on a review of research on the topic that has emerged since 2002, when AHA last issued guidelines for eating fish.

A May 17, 2018 article in Consumer Reports quoted Eric Rimm, professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition and director of the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who was the chair of the group that wrote the AHA’s new advisory. Rimm explained that the group examined several more cardiovascular disease-related endpoints, such as congestive heart failure, stroke, and hypertension, that were not included in the previous advisory.

“There is substantially more evidence now pointing to seafood intake and lower risk of coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death—especially when the seafood replaces less healthy main dishes such as beef or pork,” Rimm said.

Read the AHA press release: Eating fish twice a week reduces heart, stroke risk

Read the Consumer Reports article: How Often Should You Be Eating Fish?

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