Outside of being firm, a little sweet and incredibly delicious, halibut is also a fantastic addition to just about any healthy diet. It is rich in omega-3s as well as other nutrients and minerals, and is relatively low in calories yet incredibly high in protein.
At this point in your life, you’ve probably heard about omega-3 essential fats. Although the inclusion of this nutrient is often used as a selling point on vitamins and prepackaged foods, many people do not understand what exactly they are. Considered an essential nutrient, meaning the human body requires omega-3s but cannot produce it on its own, this nutrient reduces heart rate, blood pressure and improves or maintains overall cardiovascular health. In addition to this, omega-3s are essential to the development of the brain, eyes and nerves. Despite all of the health benefits of this nutrient, the standard American diet is poorly lacking in it.
So what does this information have to do with halibut? This delicious fish is rich in omega-3s, as well as B vitamins, essential minerals (such as selenium, potassium and magnesium). Just two servings a week will give a person enough omega-3s to lower triglycerides, thus lowering a person’s level of bad cholesterol.
Compared to other sources of protein, you simply cannot beat halibut. A 3 ounce serving contains a whopping 23 grams of protein, yet is only a little less than 120 calories. This same serving only contains 2 grams of (incredibly heart healthy) fats. Due to its mild flavor, even those who do not like fish can often get on board with halibut, especially given the numerous ways in which this fish can be prepared. So what’s stopping you? This nutritional powerhouse is easy to cook and incredibly good for your entire body!