ALBANY – Extension of the Cornell cooperative | Albany County offers the Resolve to Eat More Fish in 2022 online program from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 26 via Zoom. Many of us make health resolutions as we begin a new year. If you’ve chosen to lose a few pounds or pay more attention to the foods you eat this year, then this program might be for you. There are many health benefits associated with eating fish. They provide a low-fat, high-quality source of protein and are packed with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins such as vitamin D and riboflavin. They are also a great source of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus.
The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least twice a week as part of a heart-healthy diet that may help lower blood pressure and lower the risk of heart attack and stroke. Omega-3 fatty acids are present in all fish, but they are particularly rich in fatty fish and seafood (more than 10% fat), such as salmon, trout, sardines, herring, mackerel canned, canned light tuna and oysters. Our bodies don’t produce omega-3 fatty acids, so we have to get them from the food we eat.
During this program, we will discuss the health benefits of eating fish, beneficial ways to prepare fish, and environmental issues threatening our fish supply, such as chemical contamination and overfishing. We’ll also talk about the importance of knowing where your fish comes from, whether you buy it or fish it in the wild. For example, there are specific fish advisories from the New York State Department of Health for rivers in New York State, such as the Hudson River, depending on whether you are male or female. a woman and your age (www.health.ny.gov). The contaminants of greatest concern continue to be the group of long-lasting chemicals known as PCBs, which can be particularly harmful to children and fetuses as they can affect their developing brains and nervous systems. In grocery store fish, the chemical of most concern is mercury (www.fda.gov/fishadvice or www.epa.gov/fishadvice ). Refer to their charts to find out what types of fish to avoid due to potentially high levels of mercury and which types of fish are better choices for your family at the store.
The good news is that there are plenty of other safe places to fish in the Capital District besides the Hudson River where the whole family can eat up to two 4-ounce meals of fish per week. In Albany County in particular, there is public access to Normanskill Creek, Onesquethaw Creek, Six Mile Waterworks, Basic Creek, and many more. A free fishing weekend will take place next month on February 19 and 20, when a New York State DEC fishing license is not required. Ann Lee Pond at Colony and Lake Thompson in Bern are two popular places to ice fish in Albany County for trout and panfish, once the ice is frozen to the proper thickness to be sure. .
Fish is not only an important source of nutrition. The art of catching, preparing and eating fish is an integral part of the culture and family traditions of certain populations. We will share tips and recipes for preparing fish in a safe, healthy and delicious way.