Sustainable Seafood Day

January 22, 2014
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Today the dining commons are celebrating Sustainable Seafood Day.  Sustainable Seafood options will be offered in all dining commons during lunch and dinner. So I thought it would be fitting to discuss some of the health benefits of seafood.

Seafood is rich in nutrients including protein, vitamins and minerals. Seafood is also low in both total fat and saturated fat.  Even the fattiest fish have a fat content similar to lean meats and contain less fat than most ground beef. You can use the color of the flesh of the fish to help you determine the fat content. The leanest fish like cod or flounder are white or light in color and have a low fat content. Salmon or herring have a much darker color flesh and are higher fat.

I think most of us eat fish because we hear about the health benefits of omega -3 fatty acids. There are a lot of studies to suggest omega-3 fatty acids may play a role in reducing ones risk of heart disease. Seafood is considered the best dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids. Generally the fatter fish contain more omega-3 fatty acids that is why salmon, herring and mackerel are usually recommended. Check out this link to see which seafood products are the richest in omega-3 fatty acids: http://seafoodhealthfacts.org/seafood_nutrition/patients/omega_3_levels.php . Just be sure you are also trying to select a sustainable seafood option. To learn about sustainable seafood options check out Seafood Watch, learn more here: http://www.seafoodwatch.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that seafood be consumed twice a week about 6 oz in total.  So be sure to grab a seafood option from the dining commons today and  enjoy!

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