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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 (, 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

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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