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Tip: Seafood can help you get shipshape

The USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion recommends eating about 8 ounces of seafood a week. As part of its new MyPlate program (choosemyplate.gov), which replaced the old food pyramid last year, the agency notes that consuming fish and shellfish containing omega-3 oils can help prevent heart disease.

To really pump up the health benefits, go full steam ahead.

A recent study concluded that high-heat methods of cooking -- typically frying, roasting and grilling -- raise the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, recommends "mild steam cooking" as a healthy alternative. Fish, especially, lends itself to steaming. (For some recipes, go to food.com/recipes/steam-seafood.)

If you don't feel like cooking, chances are you already have some healthy fish in your home. Yes, the tuna in that can on your shelf was steam-cooked.

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