Best Kinds of Fish to Eat — These Fish Are Healthy for You and the Planet

Best Kinds of Fish to Eat — These Fish Are Healthy for You and the Planet

Fish is often hailed as a superfood that delivers unparalleled health benefits, but not all fish are created equal. If you're wondering what the healthiest choices are when it comes to eating fish, here's what you need to know.

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If what you're looking for is omega-3 fatty acids, which according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine have been found to lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure, you'll want a fatty fish. The Mayo Clinic names "salmon, lake trout, herring, sardines and albacore tuna" as fish that are high in omega-3s.

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Source: Matthew Mead/AP

If you want to make sure your choices are good for your body as well as the planet, Seafood Watch, a program from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, issues recommendations for "ocean-friendly" seafood choices. Some of the types of fish that the program names as "best choices" include farmed Arctic char, catfish, Alaskan salmon, Pacific cod, tilapia and farmed rainbow trout.