Wednesday, October 19, 2011

National Seafood Month

October is National Seafood Month.  There have always been concerns about the safety of eating fish because of the toxins, mercury, and pollutants.  But more and more studies are showing that the benefits of eating fish greatly outweigh the risks.

Fish is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.  A recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health indicates death caused by heart disease decreased by as much as 36%.  Also noteworthy is that death by all causes decreased by 17%.

Shrimp is all very beneficial to your diet.  As "shrimpy" as they may be, they are packed with protein, vitamin D, vitamin B3, and zinc.  Shrimp also contain the trace mineral selenium.  Selenium has been found to lower many cancers including lung, colerectal, and prostate cancers.

The Food and Drug Administration recommends we all eat two 6 oz servings of seafood each week which is about the size of an iPhone.  If you are looking to change up your diet, try adding fish and shrimp once or twice per week.  These creatures from the sea will add important fatty acids plus many important vitamins and minerals which will greatly benefit your health.

And if you are fortunate enough to eat fresh fish right out of the lake or ocean (pictured above), that's even better :)

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