Harvard Heart Letter

Ask the doctor: Can fried fish be good for my heart?

Ask the doctor

Can fried fish be good for my heart?

Q. You have written that fried fish isn't nearly as good for the heart as baked or broiled fish, probably because of the oils many restaurants use for frying. What if I fry my fish at home using olive oil or canola oil? Would that make a difference?

A. Great question. I wish we had equally great evidence upon which to base a definitive answer.

Eating fish once or twice a week is good for the heart. That much we know. But as is true for so many general statements, research reveals that the situation is more complex. How fish is prepared seems to influence its benefits.

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