Is frequently eating eels good for our health?

January 7, 2024 | 03:05 pm PT
I really enjoy eating dishes made from eel, so I often buy and prepare them myself. Is it healthy to regularly consume eels? (Thanh, 39, Hanoi)


Eel is a nutrient-rich animal and is considered one of the "four heavenly kings" of delicious aquatic dishes.

In oriental medicine, eel meat is considered sweet in flavor and warm in nature. It is believed to have the effect of nourishing energy and blood. Modern medical research also indicates that eels provide a significant amount of vitamin A, D, and B12, as 100 grams of eel meat can provide enough vitamin A and B12 for an adult’s daily needs. Furthermore, eels are abundant in vitamin D, which plays an important role in the immune and skeletal systems.

Eating eels brings many health benefits. Illustration photo by Freepik

Eating eels brings many health benefits. Illustration photo by Freepik

Eels are also low in saturated fat, making it an ideal food for patients who have diabetes and cardiovascular issues. The fat in eels primarily consists of unsaturated fats, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which can reduce the risk of heart diseases, strokes, while improving blood pressure, lowering the cholesterol level, and decreasing the risk of diabetes and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids also have mood-enhancing effects and can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

For women, eel is a miraculous ingredient. Eating eels can help reduce wrinkles, improve skin, hair, and nail conditions due to its high collagen content. Moreover, the protein in eel aids in skin cells regeneration, making it an ideal food for those who have acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

In general, consuming eels regularly is beneficial for overall health. However, it is important not to overlook the importance of other foods. It is recommended to incorporate a variety of foods into your daily meals to provide a balanced supply of different nutrient groups.

Dr. Huynh Tan Vu

HCMC Medicine and Pharmacy University

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