7 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Fish Slideshow

Reason #1: Helps Lower Your Risk of Cancer

The fatty acids found in fish are said to lower the risk of some cancers as much as 30 to 50 percent. Along with omega-3s, fish contain selenium, a chemical element that has cancer-fighting properties.

Pan-Fried Sole with Caper-Anchovy Salsa

Chef Kalt creates this dish with a light panko batter and pairs it with an anchovy caper salsa so that each bite is bold and flavorful. 

Reason #2: Fights Depression

The omega-3 acids found in fish help raise levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that helps fight depression.

Monkfish in Cartoccio

Cartoccio is an Italian cooking method which means boiled, sauced, and then wrapped in paper and baked. The monkfish in this recipe is cooked lightly in a pan, rather than boiled, and then placed with its "sauce" — stewed vegetables and white wine. 

Reason #3: Reduces Inflammation

Omega-3s found in fish also help to regulate your body's inflammation cycle, which prevents and relieves painful conditions like arthritis.

Venetian Sweet & Sour Sardines

Sardines are not always at the top of the list when someone wants to make fish, but this dish using honey and vinegar creates an interesting and flavorful sauce that will make even the most adverse like it. 

Reason #4: Promotes Cardiovascular Health

By reducing inflammation, fish also help to improve blood vessel elasticity and help lower bad cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Mountain Trout with Celery, Leek, and Fennel Compote

A simple compote of leeks, fennel, and celery makes this dish a star and proves that a few simple ingredients like garlic, white wine, and butter, go a long way with fish.

Reason #5: Fights Dementia

Studies have shown that elderly people who eat fish or seafood at least once a week have a chance of lowering the risk of dementia, most specifically Alzheimer's disease.

Salt Cod and Potato Casserole

This is a very rustic approach to cooking with a sophisticated fish. The rehydrated cod brings flavor to a potato casserole filled with simple ingredients like basil, garlic, and tomatoes.

Reason #6: Improves Your Eyesight

Studies have shown that the fatty acid found in fish strengthens eye cell membranes and provides structural support to your eyes.

Shrimp alla Parmigiana

This shrimp is a spin on the Italian classic, breaded in crunchy panko and dressed with tomato sauce and savory cheeses. You'll find the shrimp is a more tender and flavorful approach to the usually chicken dish.

Reason #7: Helps Fight Diabetes

A study conducted in 2011 showed that eating fish helps lower glucose levels and creates a smaller risk of developing diabetes.

Salt Baked Whole Sea Bass

This is a great dish to impress your dinner guests with, and it's a fairly easy way to cook fish. If you want to experiment with the flavors of your dish, try using different seasonings beyond fennel seeds.