Here you´ll find 30 healthy cod recipes.
The white, mild flavored flesh of cod is available throughout the year and is a wonderful substitute for meat protein with its versatility making it easily adaptable to all methods of cooking.
Cod belong to the same family (Gadidae) along with both haddock and pollock. It’s not surprising that the words “cod” and “cold” are so similar since cod need the cold, deep, Arctic waters to grow, reproduce and survive.
Besides being an excellent low-calorie source of protein (a four-ounce serving of cod contains over 21 grams), cod contains a variety of very important nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA).
Cod have been shown to be very beneficial for people with atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.
Studies show that people who eat fish regularly have a much lower risk of heart disease and heart attack than people who don’t consume fish.
Cod, specifically, promotes cardiovascular health because it is a good source of blood-thinning omega-3 fatty acids as well as an excellent source of vitamin B12 and a good source of vitamin B6, both of which are needed to keep homocysteine levels low.
This is important because homocysteine is a dangerous molecule that is directly damaging to blood vessel walls, and high homocysteine levels are associated with a greatly increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Homocysteine is also associated with osteoporosis, and a recent study found that osteoporosis occurred more frequently among women whose vitamin B12 status was deficient or marginal compared with those who had normal B12 status.
Cod is also a very good source of niacin, another B vitamin that is often used to lower high cholesterol levels, something else that can lead to heart disease.
Triglycerides are a form in which fat is carried in your bloodstream. In normal amounts, triglycerides are important for good health because they serve as a major source of energy.
High levels of triglycerides, however, are associated with high total cholesterol, high LDL (bad) cholesterol and low HDL (good) cholesterol), and therefore, with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
In addition, high triglycerides are often found along with a group of other disease risk factors that has been labeled metabolic syndrome, a condition known to increase risk of not only heart disease, but diabetes and stroke.
Protection against Heart Attack
While as little as a weekly serving of fish lowers risk of ischemic stroke, enjoying a daily serving omega-3-rich fish, such as cod, provides significantly greater reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease than eating fish even as frequently as a couple of times a week, show the findings of a study published in the January 17, 2006 issue of Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association.
Researchers in Japan followed 41,578 men and women aged 40 to 59, none of whom had cardiovascular disease or cancer when the study began, from 1990-1992 to 2001. Food frequency questionnaires completed at the beginning of the study and in 1995, provided information on weekly fish intake, which was analyzed for omega-3 content.
When individuals whose fish consumption was in the top one-fifth of participants at 8 times per week were compared to those whose intake was in the lowest fifth at once per week, they were found to have a 37% lower risk of developing coronary heart disease and a 56% percent lower risk of heart attack.
Controls high blood pressure
According to the International Study of Macro- and Micro-nutrients and Blood Pressure, those who consume a diet rich in omega-3 have normal blood pressure. A higher omega-3 fatty acid intake by patients who didn’t use supplements, drugs, or a special diet for hypertension, diabetes, or heart disease was associated with a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure by 1.01/0.98 mm Hg.
Good for bodybuilding
A study published in the Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism journal says that cod protein helps promote growth and regeneration of skeletal muscle after an injury. Due to the high arginine content in cod, the proteins improve the resolution of inflammation.
Bodybuilders need a quick and easy-to-digest source of protein. Cod is an excellent food for bodybuilding. It has easy-to-digest amino acids like that of whey proteins and egg-whites.
Incorporating cod in the bodybuilding diet gives many nutritional benefits. It includes zinc, selenium, and chromium all of which are important minerals for bodybuilding. Omega-3 fatty acids in cod help reduce the fats in the body without risking muscle loss.