Salmon is a true delicacy in many parts of the world and it prepared in countless different ways. From salmon meuniere, which is a take on the French classical dish, sole meuniere, to delicately sliced sashimi, there is a delicious way to prepare this fish which suits every palate.
Don’t think that you have to look for an excuse to order salmon off the menu. Besides being incredibly delicious, it’s also very healthy for you. Take a look.
A Lean Source Of Protein
Salmon is an incredibly good source of protein. In five ounces of salmon, there are 240 grams of protein. This is as opposed to a similar portion of steak which contains less than 70 grams. Protein is vital for the body to take it because it is an essential building block of muscles. This is why you’ll see body builders filling their diet with protein shakes and other sources of lean protein.
For many years, high-protein, low-carb diets have been favoured over others as the popular feeling is that protein is lower in calories than carbs are and will thus help you to lose weight. Yes, a low-carb diet will help you with losing weight as protein keeps you fuller for longer. Protein has a similar number of calories to carbs (the good carbs, that is…) which means that if you eat more protein, and you don’t use the energy that this food contains, you will put on weight.
Rich In Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Although salmon is higher in calories than other fish, they are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. These acids have been positively linked with:
- Lowering blood pressure
- Reducing the chance of abnormal heart rhythms
- Decreasing the risk of heart attacks and stroke
In addition, omega 3 are linked to developing and maintaining brain health. This is why it is recommended that people who suffer from depression supplement with omega 3s.
Packs An Antioxidant Punch
Anti-oxidants are famed for their ability to reduce the signs of ageing by fighting the effects of free radicals. Salmon contains astaxanthin which is a powerful antioxidant so eating this fish could help you stay looking younger for longer!
Avoid The Cream
So, as you can see from the above, salmon is a great dish to select next time you go out for dinner. However, in order to reap the full benefits that salmon has to offer, make sure that you avoid any excess calories in the dish that you order.
If you see a salmon dish that has added cream in it, avoid this as the extra cream will contribute to clogging up your arteries. Besides – you don’t need it! Salmon is such a hero ingredient that it can stand on its own very easily and be the hero of any meal.
Expand your palette and try something different like a lightly seared fillet of salmon or a plate of salmon carpaccio where the fish isn’t cooked at all. It’s delicious prepared in this way and will give you the maximum benefits that you can get!