At Stuft Pizza, we love seafood. It tastes great, it’s great for you, and there are so many types of seafood and ways to prepare it. Seafood should be a regular part of our diets, but if you’re like a lot of people in the US, you’re probably not eating the recommended amount of fish and other seafood. We’re doing what we can to help change that.
Now, we could tell you all about how delicious and satisfying our many seafood dishes are, but we’ll let you figure that out for yourself. Instead, we’re going to talk about the many health benefits of eating more seafood.
The Health Benefits of Seafood
Most seafood options—specifically fish—are easily digestible, high-quality forms of protein that have numerous health benefits. Many studies show that eating one or two servings of fatty fish each week reduces your risk of dying from heart disease by more than one-third. Additionally, eating fish and other seafood may reduce your risk of depression, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and a number of other chronic conditions.
If you want to live a long, healthy life, eat more fish! Your heart will thank you. Some of the most popular fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are nutrients that help lower your heart rate and blood pressure, improve the function of your blood vessels, and more. These nutrients are essential to heart health, development, and more—yet, our bodies can’t produce them. This is why the American Heart Association recommends at least two servings of fish per week, particularly fatty fish like salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, trout, and sardines.
The Benefits Outweigh the Risks
A lot of people avoid fish and seafood because of the risks of mercury poisoning or foodborne illness. You may have heard that children, the elderly, and pregnant women (the three most vulnerable groups) should avoid seafood altogether. The FDA and EPA have released guidelines that encourage these groups to include fish in their diets, with some restrictions.
For example, pregnant women and children only need to avoid raw fish in order to protect themselves against disease or contaminants. Because the nutrients in fish help with development and heart health, these groups of people should still be eating the recommended 2-3 servings of cooked fish each week. The FDA and EPA do warn people to stay away from the fish highest in mercury: tilefish, shark, swordfish, king mackerel.
How to Eat More Seafood
If you don’t eat fish regularly as it is, it might be hard to think about fitting 2-3 servings into your diet. The trick is to mix it up! Experiment with different cooking methods—grilled, baked, broiled, sautéed. Try different flavors—lemon, garlic, Cajun, blackened. Rotate among different types of fish and seafood. Different types of fish have more omega-3 fatty acids, while others are higher in other nutrients. Have salmon for dinner one night, catfish another night, and shrimp for lunch one day. This should help you avoid getting bored from eating the same type of fish three nights a week.
Looking for ways to incorporate more seafood into your diet? Join us at Stuft Pizza for lunch, dinner, or Happy Hour. We serve a variety of seafood dishes all day long, including many healthy choices! Click below to contact us or order online for faster service!