Any doctor, nutritionist, nutritional consultant, or registered dietitian will tell you that the regular consumption of fish is crucial to the diet. The thing about food is that most of us already know what is healthy and what is not, but we are more likely to implement this change in our lives only if we know why it will benefit us. As a nutrition student I know a lot about different foods and their beneficial compounds, but there are new articles published daily and when I come upon them I am even shocked at the research they explain. This is one of the major reasons I love studying nutrition. There is so much to know and the information is changing constantly, helping us learn more about how to keep our bodies pure and healthy.
An article featured on NPR entitled, “Women Who Eat Fish Twice Weekly Cut Their Risk Of Hearing Loss” captured my attention a few weeks ago and I had to take time to read and research it. Of course it caught my eye more because I am a female and study nutrition as well as gerontology, or more commonly known as elderly studies. The NIH as health professionals call the Nutrition Institute of Health, conducted a study where they asked women over the age of 65 a series of questions in order to gauge their hearing abilities. A published study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition proves that women who consume fish on a regular basis have a decreased risk of developing hearing loss than those who eat fish on a rare occasion or completely avoid it. More specifically, women who consumed two or more servings of fish on a weekly basis lowered their risk of hearing loss by 20 percent. The major health benefits of fish are due to the abundance of readily available omega-3 antioxidants, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and vitamin C (NPR).
Hearing loss is only avoidable to an extent because it is a natural part of senescence, the process of aging. A combination of eating more fish and avoiding loud noises can protect the ears against damage and hearing loss. The science si that the increased omega-3 consumption through eating more fish leads to adequate cochlear blood flow, which is vital to the protection of our hearing processes. What is so important about omega 3 fatty acids are that they are polyunsaturated, meaning they have more than one single bond so the body can absorb them easily and avoid causing any harmful blockages.
The fats that cause these harmful blockages are trans fats. Amazing news I read recently was that the FDA is banning trans fats from all foods stating on June 18th 2018! Now, this will not excite everyone because they do not know how dangerous they are to our health. The main harm is that they cause artery blockages and lead to many diseases, but watch these super short videos for more details!
Watch this short video to learn about trans fats:
And this short video to see what the government is doing about it:
So, Dr. Seuss might not have been on to something by teaching children about fish at such an early age, but it is never too late to start eating more fish to protect your health and now even your hearing!
Stay happy and healthy,