Fish plays vital role in human health, says veterinary academic expert: The Tribune India



Tribune press service

Ludhiana, January 24

Food plays an important role in keeping the human mind and body healthy and active. The right quality and quantity of food is beneficial in every way. Rich in essential nutrients, fish is considered a good complementary food and occupies a special place compared to other animal meats (chicken, goat and pork).

Fish protein is the second most important food in the human diet after breast milk due to its rapid digestion. It will be beneficial to include fish in the daily diet for the full physical and mental development of pregnant women, growing children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Dr Vaneet Inder Kaur, HoD, College of Fisheries, GADVASU

It was stated by Dr. Vaneet Inder Kaur, HoD, College of Fisheries, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).

With winter at its peak, eating fish is healthy in season. “Fish is rich in high-quality proteins and fats, which play a vital role in human health. Fish protein is the second most important food in the human diet after breast milk due to its rapid digestion. It contains high levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs – mainly omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA) which keep the body fit. Additionally, fish is a rich source of micronutrients and essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals needed to maintain good health,” Dr Vaneet said.

In today’s fast-paced and stressful life, fish is also a good choice for patients with high blood pressure and heart disease because the omega-3 PUFAs found in fish meat lower cholesterol and other fats in the blood and blood vessels. It would be beneficial to include fish in the daily diet for the full physical and mental development of pregnant women, growing children, adolescents, adults and the elderly, Dr. Vaneet added.

“Compared to chicken, goat and pork meat, fish contains less fiber (3-5%), so it takes less time to cook, but at the same time it is digested quickly. We can assure a healthy and bright future for our future generations by including fish in the diet of pregnant women and newborns before birth,” said Dr. Vaneet.

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