Is Eating Fish Bad for You? It Depends

Published: October 10, 2012

In a study of 84,493 women, eating baked or broiled fish at least five times a week decreased the risk of heart failure by 30%. Unfortunately, fried fish (like the kind sold in many fast food restaurants), even only once a week, was found to increase the risk of heart failure by 48%. So if you're eating fried fish for the health benefits, you're wasting your time!

"How you prepared the fish was maybe just as important as eating the fish itself," said senior author Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones of Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.

Other key findings were that most of the reduction in heart-failure risk with frequent consumption of broiled or baked fish was due to eating dark fish (salmon, mackerel or bluefish) as opposed to white fish (sole, snapper or cod) or tuna.

Sometimes small differences make all the difference!


"Fish Intake and the Risk of Incident Heart Failure: The Women's Health Initiative," Belin RJ, Greenland P, et al, Circ Heart Fail, 2011 May 24; [Epub ahead of print].

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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