What comes to your mind when you hear “you must eat healthily”? Do you see yourself surrounded by fruits and vegetables? If so, you should know that having a healthy life in terms of eating habits does not involve a focus only on vegetables and fruits. There are a lot of other interesting food categories that have a positive impact on your health and, therefore, should definitely be tried on a regular basis.
One of these categories is SEAFOOD. Although some of you might consider this as only an “exotic” food, proper only for special occasions, you should know that seafood could be a very good ingredient if introduced in your daily diet.
Seafood, besides the fact that is delicious, is a very good source of vitamins, minerals, and proteins. Many seafood categories are low in sodium and cholesterol, low in fat (most of this fat is unsaturated – like omega -3 fatty acids – which is a good type of fat), rich in vitamins like A, B6, and B12 and minerals like phosphorus, zinc, iron, and potassium.
Below are some of the advantages that seafood can have on our health:
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Reduce the Risk of Heart Diseases and Improve Heart Functions
- Support Optimal Brain, Eyes and Nerves Development for Children
- Provide Protection against Bronchitis
- Provide Protection against Emphysema (associated with smoking)
- Help People in Depression
- Boost Immune System
- Prevent Cancer
- Prevent Osteoporosis and Arthritis
- Lose Weight
As we can see, the influence seafood can have on our health is extraordinary. However, as for vegetables and fruits, some categories of seafood are better than others. Below is a selection of some of the most nutritious seafood out there:
- Shellfish (mussels and oysters)
Shellfish are rich in Vitamin B12 which helps the nervous system. They also provide the body with iron and important minerals like potassium and magnesium. Three ounces (about 90 grams) of mussels give you 700 mg of omega-3 fatty acids. The same amount of oysters gives you 44% of the daily recommended value of iron. Three ounces of shellfish also contain about 130 calories and 3 grams of fat.
- Pink Shrimp
Shrimp are rich in tryptophan and selenium. They are also a great source of protein, having a much better ratio of proteins gained with fats and calories than most foods. Four ounces of shrimp has 23 grams of protein, 112 calories and less than a gram of fat. Shrimp also provides the body with vitamins D and B12. All of these benefit the cardiovascular system and, believe or not, help reduce anxiety and depression.
Sardines are the perfect example that your food doesn’t have to be expensive in order to be nutritious. They have more omega-3 acids per serving than any other food! 3 ounces (approximately 90 grams) of sardines are packed with almost 2 grams of these miracle-acids. These make them great for brain memory and performance. Also, sardines have a high level of vitamin D, which is essential in making your bones stronger.
Locating a great seafood restaurant
Selecting a seafood restaurant is one way that you can introduce healthy low-fat food into your diet. In order to get all the great health benefits from the fish, you will need to make sure that your seafood restaurant doesn’t batter and deep fry the fish in oil. This is just canceling all the good things you want to give your body by eating seafood. There are so many great spices and seasonings to get all the flavors you want out of your fish without having to add oil or butter. Try a seafood restaurant next time and see what healthy options you can create. If you’re on vacation in Dubai for a few days, a better idea is to ask around or check over the internet to see which restaurants other the best quality seafood.