Heart benefits of fish in healthy people questioned

New findings cast doubt on the widely-held belief that a high intake of fish protects against future heart disease in healthy people.

According to a meta-analysis, recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine (1), eating at least twice a week only reduces the risk of a major cardiovascular event in people with pre-existing heart disease. In healthy people, there was no association found between fish intake and major cardiovascular disease or mortality.


“A minimal fish intake of 175g (approximately two servings) weekly is associated with lower risk of major cardiovascular disease and mortality among patients with prior cardiovascular disease but not in general populations, ” the study authors wrote.

Interestingly, even in those people at high-risk or with established cardiovascular disease, eating more than two servings of fish a week did not ...

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