THE HEALTHY CHOICE
Florida Seafood Has It All
Excellent Source of Protein
Low Fat Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Source of Minerals and Vitamins
Which Seafood is Best for You? All seafood is good for you!
Fish that have more fat, such as mackerel, swordfish, bluefish and trout, are recommended
for their omega-3 fatty acids - this is “good fat” because it is unsaturated. Studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids play a role in decreasing the risk of cardio-vascular diseases, providing protection against bronchitis and emphysema associated with smoking, and assist in optimal brain, nerve, and eye development in children and in easing depression.
Research where heart patients were advised to “Eat at least two portions a week” found that patients who took this advice lived longer than those who did not eat fish.
Other recent research has found that eating small amounts of fish (seven ounces or more a
week), even lean fish, was associated with protection against heart disease.
Lean fish such as flounder, grouper, mahi-mahi, catfish, tilapia and shellfish are excellent sources of low-fat protein. The bottom line is that eating at least one to two serving of seafood a week will provide heath benefits in addition to its good taste.
Shellfish are Healthy for You, Too
Medical researchers emphasize that reducing the total amount of fat and
saturated fat is generally more important than limiting cholesterol.
Most shellfish, clams, crabs, and oysters contain insignificant amounts of fat
and saturated fat and are low in cholesterol. Shrimp and lobster contain
higher amounts of cholesterol; however, they are exceptionally low in fat
and saturated fat. The low levels of fat and saturated fat make all shellfish
an important part of a healthy diet.
You can eat shrimp, or any other shellfish, more than once a week and stay
within the dietary recommendations limiting cholesterol intake to less than 300
milligrams a day (unless you are on a low-cholesterol diet). For example, a moderate portion of shellfish (9-12 medium size shrimp) contains 150 milligrams of cholesterol.
Mixing shrimp and other shellfish with salads, or stir-fry and pasta entrees is a nutritious idea for stretching seafood ingredients. Mixed dishes reduce the amount of cholesterol in each serving.