Harvard Heart Letter

Flap over tilapia sends the wrong message

Most fish is good for the heart; some types are better than others.

Heart-healthy omega-3 fats are one reason why many people eat fish. Some types of seafood have more of this polyunsaturated fat than others. Salmon, for example, delivers 10 times the omega-3s per serving as catfish or scallops.

These fats help protect the heart from lapsing into a potentially deadly erratic rhythm. They ease inflammation. They inhibit the formation of dangerous clots in the bloodstream. They also lower levels of triglycerides, the most common type of fat-carrying particle in the blood.

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