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To hook benefits of fish, avoid the fryer

Eating baked or broiled fish at least once

Eating baked or broiled fish at least once a week may preserve parts of the brain that are hit hard by aging, according to a new study. Credit: iStock

If fish is on the menu tonight, good choice. But deep-six the deep fryer.

There is a preponderance of scientific evidence showing that adding fish to a diet can benefit health. And new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that eating baked or broiled fish at least once a week can help your brain, especially as you get older: emphasis on baked or broiled.

Researchers found that those who ate baked or broiled fish had more gray matter in the brain areas responsible for memory and cognition. Eating fried fish did not have the same beneficial results. Researchers noted that protective omega-3 fatty acids found in many fish are reduced by the higher heat of frying.

The study was published last month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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