Trout is one of the commonly eaten fish and is usually sold commercially as food fish and it is prepared by smoking. The following are the health benefits of trout, along with a sample recipe.

Health Benefits

Protein

As an animal meat, one health benefit of trout is protein. Protein is responsible for building cells and tissues and repairs them when damaged. This means, it helps grow muscles and bones, a reason athletes like bodybuilders take high amounts of protein as supplement. Protein also contributes in wound healing, since it is a reparative process. Moreover, protein serves as a fuel source when carbohydrate and fat stores are both depleted; however, this leads to muscle wasting and weakness, so it is better to eat a well-balanced meal.

Cardiovascular Health

Another health benefit of trout is the promotion of the heart and blood vessel health. According to San Francisco Gate, this is made possible with the omega-3 fatty acids. As per the publication, a rainbow trout contains about 981 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids docosahexanoic acid or DHA and eicosapentanoic acid or EPA. As per the publication, it is more than the 250 milligram per day recommendation of Seafood Watch and achieves the 300 to 500 milligram fatty acid combination, as recommended by the World Health Organization. Overall, omega-3 fatty acids are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disorders like hypertension, atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, and stroke. As per the publication, the fatty acids also have the power to prevent neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression, and bipolar disorder.

Brain Health

Eating trout helps promote the health of the brain and its functions, which include learning, thinking, and memory. Vitamin B enhances the function of the central nervous system, which includes the brain and the spinal cord; thus, the vitamin also helps in a person’s coordinated movement. According to Men’s Health, trout contains 7.5 mg niacin, 0.2 mg thiamin, 0.3 mg vitamin B6, 1.1 mg Pantothenic Acid, and 4.2 mcg vitamin B12. In addition, trout contains 12.7 mcg of selenium, which prevents cellular and nervous tissue damage.

Sample Recipe

One recipe that uses trout is Crispy Grilled Trout with Parsley and Lemon. Ingredients include trout, olive oil, sea salt, ground black pepper, fresh flat-leaf parsley, two lemons, and butter.

To prepare, as per the publication, the grill is preheated o full whack. Next, the trout is slashed with a knife, about ten times per side; the slash should be about 0.5 cm or one-fourth inch deep. Then, the fish is rubbed with olive oil and is seasoned with salt and pepper. The cavities are stuffed with chopped parsley and lemon slices. After that, the fish is placed side by side on a baking rack over a roasting tray. Once done, the lemon zest is put on top of the fish and the lemon halves are placed on the tray. The trout is dotted with the butter and placed 15 cm or six inches from the grill. The fish is cooked on each side. Finally, the roasted lemon is squeezed on top of the fish.

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