Baked Fish Beats Fried for Omega-3 Boost
Study Shows Baked Fish Is Better for Heart Health Than Fried, Salted, or Dried
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Baked Fish vs. Fried Fish
The researchers did not directly compare boiled or baked fish to fried fish.
But when the men were divided into three groups depending on how often they
baked or boiled their fish, those in the top third were 10% less likely to die
from heart disease than those in the lowest third.
Also, men and women who ate the most fried fish were 12% more likely to die
from heart disease than those who ate the least fried fish.
Both men and women who ate the most salted or dried fish were 15% more
likely to die from heart disease than those who ate the least.
The study also showed that low-sodium soy sauce and tofu protected women
against death from heart disease. "Omega-3 fatty acids from plant sources may
do more to improve women's heart health than those from fish sources," Meng
Genetically Engineered Soybeans
The second study was designed to find a way to get more omega-3 fatty acids
into people's diets without making them eat more fish, Harris says.
"The Japanese eat twice as much fish as Americans and have much less heart
disease. We can tell people to eat more fish, but that doesn't mean they will,"
he tells WebMD.
So just as "we fortify salt with iodine and put folic acid into processed
grain products, we decided to put fatty acids into oil," Harris says.
The study, which involved 157 healthy volunteers, showed that the
genetically engineered soybean oil and pure EPA capsules boosted EPA levels in
the body to a similar degree. In contrast, regular soybean oil didn’t raise EPA
levels at all.
More tests are needed to ensure the high-tech oil has the same effect once
put into foods, Harris says.
The next step, he says, is to incorporate the genetically engineered -- and
tasteless -- soybean oil into products such as breakfast bars, yogurts,
margarine, and salad dressings.
The engineered soybeans also need to be approved by regulators at the
Department of Agriculture before planting can begin, according to a
spokesperson for Monsanto Co., which developed the biotech oil and funded the