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The Health Benefits of Fish, Licorice and Seaweed

Eating Fish Instead of Meat Could Reduce the Risk of DiabetesResearchers in Spain report that the consumption of foods from the healthy Mediterranean diet — olive oil, fresh vegetables, and fish, for example — has declined in recent years as consumers reach for more red meat and heavily processed baked goods. Alongside other factors, the trend has led to an increase in both obesity and chronic diseases. The aim of their study was to understand dietary patterns and how meat and fish could be linked directly to cardiovascular risk factors. Conducted on 945 people between 55 and 80 years of age in Spain’s autonomous Valencian Community, the study showed that when fish was included in the diet, participants had lower glucose concentrations in their body and a smaller risk of developing diabetes. The researchers explained that increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the cells of the skeletal muscles improved insulin sensitivity. Eating red meat, on the other hand, was linked to higher cardiovascular risk, higher blood pressure, diabetes, and a moderate decrease in life expectancy, mainly due to cancer or …

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