I’ve always been a hesitant fish eater. It’s not that I don’t like fish, but having grown up in Kansas, I’ll just say that it was a lot more common to eat beef and chicken than any other type of meat. As a kid, I didn’t particularly like it, but as an adult I frequently order it when out to eat. But cooking with fish always made me nervous, until I found out that it really is one of the easiest meats to cook.
My fish-cooking confidence was not helped by my reluctant and squeamish husband, who actually gagged the first time I made halibut early in our marriage. The halibut was perfectly fine, but his (gagging) thumbs-down didn’t exactly have me heading to the fish market to grab dinner again. It took me several years before I finally wanted to experiment with fish, so I went with an easy option: cooking salmon.
This time, there was no gagging, and not only that, but the husband and kids actually liked it. Having gotten over that fear of fish, I’ve been cooking with salmon more and more lately. It’s not only super easy to make, but it’s a super versatile fish, too. You can grill it, bake it, sauté it; use a rub or just add salt and pepper and a lemon. And salmon has been touted over and over again for all of its health benefits — so even if I didn’t like it, I’d be trying to get more of it into my diet anyway.
In fact, a new study is now saying that eating fish may cut your risk of rheumatoid arthritis by half. With rheumatoid arthritis, your immune system attacks your own tissues, leading to painful swelling, bone erosion, and joint deformity. But women who consistently ate at least one serving of fatty fish each week for a period of about 10 years developed rheumatoid arthritis at half the rate of women who ate little or no fish. Researchers think that the omega-3s in fatty fish may have an anti-flammatory effect on the immune system.
The benefits of salmon don’t stop there. Salmon has Omega-3 fatty acids, which are linked with lowering the risk for heart disease, depression, dementia, and cancer. Salmon is a great way to get vitamin D without getting into the sunlight; one serving of pink salmon has more than your recommended daily value of this vitamin, which helps your body absorb calcium. Canned salmon that contains bones is a great source of calcium, and it’s just an all-around high-quality protein source.
Now, should you eat all fish, all the time? As with everything, experts recommend all things in moderation, so a couple of servings of fatty fish a week is great.
Are you getting over an aversion to cooking fish or salmon, too? If you need help getting started, read about my experiences cooking with fish and find a few easy salmon recipes below!
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