Danger In Weekly Fish And Chips

Fish and Chips
Stark findings have revealed that frying fish in fat increases the risk of heart failure by almost 50 per cent. But investigating health experts also found that when fish is baked or grilled it can lead to a 30 per cent reduction in the chances of suffering heart failure.
There are more than 11,000 fish and chip shops across the UK selling at least 300 million portions each year – the equivalent of five servings for every man, woman and child in the country. A medium portion of cod or haddock and chips is packed with 838 calories and 9.42g of fat.
According to a large study in the United States, tuna and white fish, including cod and sole, were found to be among the least effective at reducing heart risks. Dark fish including salmon and mackerel were claimed to be among the most effective at reducing the danger.
But frying fish not only cancels out beneficial effects, it even reverses them. Researchers reached their conclusions after analysing the experiences over eight years of 84,493 women aged 50 to 79 who recorded information on what they ate as part of a study on women’s health. Those who consumed five or more portions of baked or boiled fish in a week were found to reduce their heart attack risk by 30 per cent. But those who ate even a single helping of fried fish found their chances of heart failure rose by as much as 48 per cent.People who had baked or grilled fish regularly, researchers found, were active, fit, and less likely to smoke. And their diets contained more fruit and vegetables.
Conversely, women who ate more fried fish were more likely to be overweight and to consume more calories. The British National Federation of Fish Fryers claims that fish and chips has less fat and sugar than many of its fast food competitors. Its president, Gregg Howard, said yesterday: “Fish and chips is the healthiest takeaway and as part of a balanced diet it is a highly nutritious meal.”Victoria Taylor, senior heart health dietitian at the British Heart Foundation, said: “This study acts as a good reminder that we need to pay attention to how we cook our meals.”She added: “Using healthier methods, such as baking, grilling or steaming instead of frying, will help us look after our hearts in the long term.”

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