Hello everyone! Most of us know that eating a balanced diet of carbs, protein, and fat is essential to good health.
A lot of seafood provides quality amounts of protein and fat so you can get 2 good nutrients at the same time.
That’s one of the main reasons why seafood is important, however it has other benefits as well. Below are some of the key advantages as to why we should eat seafood.
1. Nutrients – Seafood is an excellent source of protein, which your body uses to repair and grow muscle tissue. Most seafood is also a good source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids which are healthy fats.
2. Brain – EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are acids found in a majority of seafood. These acids help promote healthy brain function and memory.
3. Lipids – Eating seafood helps reduce the less healthy fat (lipids) levels in your bloodstream.
4. Vision – Sharper visual acuity and better eyesight has been found to be related to seafood consumption.
5. Blood Pressure – Studies have shown that seafood in your diet can have positive effects on lowering blood pressure.
6. Skin – Seafood on a regular basis can help improve the health and texture of your skin.
Adults should eat 8 or more ounces of a variety of seafood per week. Pregnant women should avoid shark, swordfish, tilefish, and mackerel due to mercury.
Everyone else shouldn’t eat excess amounts of those fish either.
For individuals with a weakened immune system, they shouldn’t consume any raw or partially cooked seafood. These suggestions are from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Dietary Guidelines.
Below are some safety tips to follow and remember when preparing or eating seafood.
1. Refrigeration – Seafood should be kept refrigerated below 40 degrees before preparation.
2. Washing – Wash your hands and any kitchen utensils thoroughly before and after prepping any seafood.
3. Temperature – When cooking seafood it should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees for 15 seconds or more.
4. Source – Buy seafood from vendors known to have high quality and service.
5. Mercury – Most common seafoods in the United States have minimal risk of mercury. People should focus more on reducing bacteria that gets on seafood from poor storage and handling techniques. There’s a greater risk of bacteria from family and friends catching fish in polluted waters than from mercury as well.
Summary – As I mentioned before, seafood is a great way to get 2 healthy macronutrients in your meal at the same time. It’s kind of like getting more bang for your buck. Also, the benefits seafood provides far outweigh any minor risk of mercury.
Just keep in mind the safety aspect I talked about earlier and you should be fine. The Seafood Nutrition Partnership has valuable information on seafood and consumption you can see here. So what experiences or preferences do you have when it comes to seafood?
Personally, I love shrimp and the many ways it can be prepared and eaten. Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below. If you have any questions I’ll gladly get back to you. Thanks for your time and have an awesome day!