People around the world eat fish & other seafood for nutritional reasons, or for its unique taste. From freshwater to saltwater fish to the deep-water shellfish, the love for seafood is massive. There is even a diet concept formed out of love for seafood – Pescetarian diet, which is associated with people who have seafood along with their vegetarian diet which does not include any other meat or poultry. Although the term Pescetarian is not commonly used, more people are leaning towards this diet, mainly for health reasons along with satisfying their taste buds.
Talking about health reasons, we all know seafood is a great source of lean protein and essential nutrients. Let’s take a look at how it helps in our well-being.
1. Good for your heart
Seafood is low in saturated fats and high in omega-3 fatty acids, which protects your heart from disease and lowers the amount of cholesterol in the blood. The fish-eating Inuit population with low levels of heart disease is a good example of this fact.
2. Light on your tummy
A diet rich in fish oils and omega-3 can help protect our bowel system from serious inflammatory diseases.
3. Healthy Eyes
Consuming fish rich in oil will keep your eyes bright and healthy. Recent studies say omega-3 fatty acids in seafood can help those suffering from particular age-related eyesight problems, and also the Vitamin A in fish boosts your night vision.
4. Happy Joints
Eating fish regularly has been shown to ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
5. No Respiratory Problems
Seafood reduces and prevents the symptoms of asthma in children, and it can also keep your lungs healthier as you age in comparison to those who don’t eat enough fish.
6. Glowing Skin
Not only does seafood play a large part in preventing depression, but the omega-3 in the seafood help to protect the skin from harmful effects of UV damage also. Fish is also rich in protein, which helps in building the main structural protein found in the skin called collagen which keeps the skin firm and flexible to give you a younger-looking skin.
7. Get all Brainy
The human brain is almost 60% fat with much of this being omega-3 fat and people who eat plenty of seafood are said to be less likely to suffer from memory disorders in their later life. It is also said to be good for children’s brain development.
As per the studies above, it is very clear that seafood is an important part of the human diet with high-quality protein and nutrients that provide essential amino acids that our bodies cannot make by themselves and must be supplied through our food.
According to the recent food trends, seafood is not limited to just a healthy food choice; it also makes a great party menu as well. Whether it’s a get-together with friends, a casual holiday buffet or even an elegant dinner party, seafood is a smart choice to treat your guests as well as manage your health.