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 www.cookinglight.com!