Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Under The Sea: The Health Benefits of Seafood (and How To Get More Into Your Diet!)

Written by a contributing writer


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Not only is it delicious, but seafood is incredibly healthy and one of the best protein sources you can include in your diet. Plus at this time of year, there are few things nicer than a light, fresh fish dish for lunch or dinner. If you’re looking to give your dinner menu a shake-up and improve your health, adding more seafood is a great way to go about it. Here are some of the health benefits and easy ways you can add more to your diet.

Health Benefits

Seafood is low in both fat and cholesterol and is high in protein, vitamins and healthy fatty acids such as omega 3. This is so important in our diet since it’s essential for many of the body’s processes, but we cannot produce it ourselves. Most people in the western world don’t get enough of it so making the effort to eat more seafood is a smart move. If you currently eat a very meat heavy diet, especially with a lot of red and processed meats, switching to seafood is a great option.


Health Concerns

Most healthy people can eat fish every day with no problem at all, in fact doing so is highly beneficial! However, there are some limitations that you need to bear in mind. It’s recommended that you eat oily fish no more than four times per week. This is because it can contain low-level pollutants than can build up in the body. While you can eat as much white fish as you want, limit the amount of sea bream, sea bass, turbot, and halibut as, again, these can contain pollutants. Children, pregnant women, or those looking to conceive should avoid shark, marlin, and swordfish due to it’s higher mercury content- healthy adults can enjoy one portion a week. So while there are some limitations, you still have an enormous range of different fish to work with. Getting plenty into your diet shouldn’t be an issue at all.


Mix it Up

Eating the same foods over and over is always going to get a bit boring. Trying out lots of different recipes and finding new ways to incorporate seafood will keep it fresh and interesting. You could eat smoked salmon, cream cheese, and spinach on a bagel as a tasty weekend breakfast or weekday lunch. You could enjoy different types of sushi, you could stir fry shrimp with vegetables, or enjoy the British classic ‘fish and chips.' While this is usually deeply fried, it’s easy to make your own healthier version by breadcrumbing the white fish and cooking fries or wedges in the oven with a touch of cooking spray and some seasoning. Tons of restaurants offer fantastic seafood dishes, just looking at the Red Lobster menu shows you what kinds of tasty options you could go for.


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Write a Menu

Writing a menu and shopping list for the week is beneficial for a few reasons. First, it allows you to be organized, it doesn’t get to 6pm mid way through the week, and you think ‘what on earth am I going to cook?!’ It also means you can plan out a shopping list, meaning you shop smarter and save money by not buying unneeded things. You don’t have to eat seafood every day (unless you want to!) but having a few different fish meals planned each week will do wonders for your health.


*This post is not meant to give medical advice. Please consult a medical professional before starting a new diet.

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