SEAFOOD FOR HEALTH
At Sea Best, we may be a bit partial, but we believe that seafood is one of the best foods you can put in your body.
How does seafood stack up against beef and poultry?
The health benefits of eating seafood make it one of the best meal choices for growing children, active adults and seniors.
Seafood contains a large amount of quality protein; lean fish muscle contains the same amount of protein by weight as beef or poultry, but with far less fat and overall calories.
Besides quality protein, what else is in seafood that makes it so healthy?
- Vitamins and minerals that your body needs to perform its best
- B complex vitamins, particularly niacin, B12 and B6.
- Zinc (crustaceans), iron (shrimp), copper (crabs and lobster), potassium (scallops and clams), iodine, phosphorus, and selenium (all seafood in general)
- The nine essential amino acids your body must get from food
- Omega-3 fatty acids
What are omega-3 fatty acids and why are they important?
- Omega-3 fatty acids are known as essential fatty acids because they are required in the diet to stay healthy
- Omega-3 fatty acids present in seafood can lower the risk of many diseases. These “good fats” help keep our bodies from over-producing hormone-like substances that can contribute to heart disease, cardiovascular disease, blood clots, strokes, arthritis, asthma, obesity, hypertension and other related disorders
- Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for normal brain function. Plus, they help you to control your body weight
Do children need omega-3 fatty acids?
Yes! Children especially need omega-3 fatty acids for the following reasons:
- Omega-3 fatty acids provide many benefits, including improved cognitive function and memory
- One study showed children who had increased amounts of omega-3 fatty acids performed better in school, specifically in reading and spelling, and had fewer behavioral problems
- Research has shown eating seafood rich in omega-3 fatty acids (but extremely low in mercury levels) during pregnancy may contribute to vision and cognitive development in babies, and help women carry their babies to term
How much seafood should you eat?
Leading health organizations like the American Heart Association urge adults to eat a variety of seafood– especially oily fish like mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon–at least twice a week.