Eat More Seafood

When scientists compare diets around the globe, the healthiest have one food item in common which includes: seafood.  People in iceland have the world’s largest per capita consumption of seafood (220lbs per year!) and these Icelanders also have the highest life expectancy of any nationality-nearly 81 years.  Although fish isn’t the only reason-it helps! So what makes seafood so healthy? Seafood is a lean protein option, with very little saturated fat.  The fats contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fats.  Polyunsaturated fats  have been shown to protect against heart disease and some forms of cancer; reduce blood pressure; and help control inflammation.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines have made the important step of singling out seafood, recommending two servings per week in place of beef, pork, or poultry.  My Better Self would like to challenge you to eat fish at least twice a week this month! Check out the variety of recipes and seafood choices on!



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One thought on “Eat More Seafood

  1. Reblogged this on Improving Health in Communities and commented:
    While I don’t eat meat, I occasionally venture back into eating seafood. It is lean, light, and has so many health benefits! I just want to urge everyone to really watch what you eat. You can look online for seafood guides explaining the different levels of danger each fish is in, but this is really a huge issue that needs to be given more attention– we are completing depleting our oceans by overfishing. Once you pick seafood that is in plentiful supply, make sure to avoid any farmed fish!

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