Did You Know?: Japanese Men Have Healthy Hearts
It is true: Although they are heavy smokers, Japanese men have lower rates of heart disease than white or Japanese-American men.
Why? It may be because Japanese living in Japan eat a lot of fish -- around 100 grams a day.
You've probably heard that omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in oily fish like salmon and albacore tuna, are good for the heart. A new study speculates that one key to Japanese heart health is a diet that's full of omega-3 fish and low on saturated fats.
The trick, it seems, is eating fish regularly. Many Japanese eat it every day. Eating fish steadily only for a month or two and then quitting wonít help.
Based on this and other studies, doctors recommend eating around two helpings of fatty fish per week as a way of warding off heart disease. If you already have heart disease, at least one gram a day is a smart move.
But what if you canít stand fish? There are always fish oil pills -- but make sure that each capsule contains at least one gram of omega 3s.
And now you know.