Saltwater and freshwater, seafood is a much loved delicacy in Sri Lanka. Nutrient-rich seafood serves as a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals and is a deterrent for many dieses. So as you embark on yet another culinary seafood journey, know that the seafood you taste simply goes beyond a mouthwatering meal.
Here are the top health benefits.
Provides essential nutrients – Low in saturated fats seafood is rich in protein, several essential vitamins and minerals. Generate energy production, metabolism concentration, helps protect vision and boost the immune and reproductive system’s capabilities.
Promotes heart health – One of the most important nutrients found in oil-rich fish is omega-3 fats. Reduces the risk of cardiovascular events from occurring such as arrhythmias, strokes, and heart attacks.
Good for your joints – Consuming seafood on a regular basis has been proven to ease the symptoms of arthritis.
Maintains eyesight – Studies also indicate people that consume seafood are less likely to suffer from age-related macular degeneration, a disease that can result in the loss of vision.
Good skin – Consuming seafood helps preserve moisture in the skin. Your skin’s natural glow is affected more from what you eat than what you apply directly to it. The omega-3 fatty acids in seafood protect the skin against UV rays from the sun and recent research has found limited findings suggesting fish oil can help reduce the prevalence of acne.
Boosts brainpower – Seafood omega-3s may lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. A sufficient intake of DHA and EPA found in omega-3 fatty acids promote proper brain growth in infants and children. Recent research speculates long-term consumption of omega-3 fatty acids can boost cognitive function in aging women.
Fights against depression – Research has shown an association between the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and risk of depression ad has found that consuming omega-3 fatty acids can not only decrease the risk of depression but has the potential to treat depression as well.
Pregnancy benefits – Studies indicate that eating more fish has positive benefits on birth weight because it enhances fetal growth and development. Seafood consumption also aid in reducing preterm delivery and is essential for central nervous system development.
Improves immune function – Increased omega-3 consumption can reduce the symptoms of asthma and certain allergies. Selenium is a potent antioxidant found in seafood that is known to improve the immune system.
Why fish for children.
As parents we are subjected to a vast array of information on nutrition for children. There are so many different ‘experts’ saying so many different things which confuse us even more. However there is one food category that experts have a consensus on when it comes to health benefits and that is Seafood.
All the research indicate that seafood is a rich source of many of the nutrients needed for young bodies as well as playing an important role in helping to prevent many of the diseases of later life.
· Even though children do not like seafood, fish in particular due to its odor texture and the bony nature of it, do encourage them to try even one small taste each time you serve fish and let them eat more if they want to. We recommend fish fillets like Sole fish, Snapper, Travelly, Basa and Barramandi which have a milder flavour
Fish to avoid
Shark, marlin and swordfish may contain higher mercury levels are not suitable fish for children and adults (in particular pregnant and nursing mothers) should be avoided.