Stay Away From Salmon If You're in NY or CT
Do you love salmon? Fish is very healthy, but recent news warns you to stay away from some salmon products for a while.
Most seafoods are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which researchers found help alleviate arthritis. They advise you to get your daily omega-3s because they're vital for your brain functions. In fact, researchers found that participants who took omega-3 supplements for a month experienced a boost in their cognitive performance. Their brains also worked “less hard” while achieving the same or better results on tests.
Getting your omega-3s everyday isn't just about improving your brain. If you're deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, your brain is more at risk of cognitive dysfunction and brain insulin resistance. These can lead to stroke, depression, and Alzheimer's. Researchers found that omega-3 deficiency can also lead to a shrinking of your hippocampus, which is vital to your learning.
But less than 10 percent of American adults and less than 2 percent of American children take omega-3 supplements! Why is this a big deal? Researchers found that staying on a Western diet, like what Americans eat everyday, will lead to an omega-3 deficiency.
The good news is if you eat fish everyday, you're probably getting your daily omega-3s. But you might be in for some tough luck if you love salmon. Mt. Kisco smoked salmon distributed in NY and CT this month have been tainted with listeria. The problem is that the packages are unlabeled, which makes it harder to avoid at restaurants and supermarkets. It's best to stay away from salmon for a few weeks until the tainted products have been either recalled or bought up.
Don't worry, there are still plenty of other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. WebMD says that eggs and walnuts are fortified with omega-3s. In fact, one serving of walnuts gives you almost 11 grams of omega-3 fatty acids!
Other foods that have omega-3s are pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, and yogurt. According to Health Bulletin, yogurt is also teeming with fat-burning probiotics that support your digestive health. They warn you that not all yogurts are healthy – some are high in artificial sweeteners, corn syrup, and cancer-causing artificial flavors.
It's important to get your daily omega-3s if you want to keep your brain healthy and improve your thinking. But stay away from salmon for awhile if you live in New York or Connecticut. Instead, try snacking on walnuts or enjoying a cup of yogurt with your lunch for the next few weeks.