Salmon plays an important part in many on-trend healthy eating plans
Lots of people like following a particular diet plan—knowing what foods to eat more often, and which foods to avoid, is often an easy way to plan your meals while promoting healthy living and either losing weight or keeping your body weight in check. Some of the more popular diets include keto (healthy fats and very few carbs), paleo (whole foods, similar to what early humans ate), DASH (low-sodium and whole foods, designed to lower hypertension), and Mediterranean (seafood twice a week, plus other whole foods and healthy fats). And guess what? Salmon is a part of all of these eating plans. Let’s take a closer look at what makes it a superstar.
Excellent omega-3 fats Salmon is naturally rich in omega-3 fats, particularly DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). What’s so great about these essential fatty acids? Research suggests they help promote everything from heart health and joint health to good brain function and general well-being. Omega-3 fats may lower your risk of heart disease and some cancers.1
Quality protein Salmon is an excellent source of protein, which is a key part of many diets. Your body uses protein to build muscle and repair tissue. Because protein isn’t digested as fast as simple carbs, it helps keep you satisfied, so you’re not reaching for a snack shortly after a meal. Protein helps make hormones, enzymes and other chemicals your body needs to function. And unlike red meat, salmon is a protein that’s low in saturated fat.2
Vitamins and minerals Nutrient-dense foods are one of the cornerstones of healthy eating, and salmon is a powerhouse of several important nutrients. There’s selenium, a mineral that helps the thyroid work properly, and also gives immune function a boost.3 Vitamin D is another crucial nutrient that isn’t found in many foods, and salmon is a good source. It’s linked to strong bones and may lower the risk of some cancers.4 And did you know salmon is one of the best sources of vitamin B12? Your body needs vitamin B12 to create DNA, and for blood and nerve health.5 Salmon is also a decent source of potassium, which helps to maintain healthy nerves, bones, muscles and kidneys.
Want to put a focus on healthy eating? Make salmon part of your diet and part of your plate!