Benefits of 2-a-week
Seafood offers such a wide range of nutritional benefits that scientists encourage us to eat at least two portions a week.
One of these portions should be oil-rich fish. But just what is it about seafood that makes it so good for us? Read on for all you need to know...
Vitamins and minerals
Seafood is a natural source of many vitamins and minerals that have important functions within the body.
Omega-3: the alpha oil
Found in various concentrations in many different kinds of seafood, marine Omega-3 fatty acid comes from the family of 'good' fats that are not only beneficial for health, but are an essential dietary requirement.
The facts about good fats
Diet experts advise that we should eat fewer saturated fats, and more 'good fats' or mono-unsaturated fats from olive oil and polyunsaturated fats from vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and seafood.
EPA and DHA: the 'magic acids' in fish oil
There is increasing interest in the health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish and fish oils, which consist of the active ingredients docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
Of the three important sources of dietary calories - protein, fat and carbohydrate - seafood is an excellent source of protein and contains varying degrees of 'good' fat, depending on the species eaten.
Seafood is rich in lots of essential nutrients that keep the body running smoothly at all ages
Salt and Sodium
Although high in minerals, fish is a low-sodium food. Sodium is a component of common table salt, something that many of us over-consume to our detriment as diets that contain too much salt have been linked to high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease.